Watch: From Maracana to Copacabana beach, a guide to the 32 venues for Rio Olympics 2016

The 2016 Olympics will kick-start in Rio de Janeiro on 5 August. The 28th edition of the Games will see 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including nations like Kosovo and South Sudan, who will make their debut. The contingents from all these nations will compete for 306 sets of medals, across 28 Olympic sports.

Rio, the first South American city to host the Games, is ready for the start of the sporting extravaganza and several stadiums in the city are ready to play host to the action. The race for the medal will take place across 32 venues in Rio de Janeiro, apart from five football co-host cities — Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Manaus, Salvador and São Paulo. Watch the video above to get to know more about the venues for the 2016 Olympic Games

Brazil's most iconic city has been split into four hubs for the Games.

The main complex is the Olympic Park in the well-off western Barra da Tijuca area, which notably will feature tennis, swimming, gymnastics, judo and wrestling events.

Deodoro, a modest neighborhood in the northwest of Rio that doesn't usually see many tourists, will host competitions including equestrian events, field hockey, rugby sevens and canoeing.

Neighborhoods at or near the famous Copacabana beach in southern Rio will host sailing, rowing, long-distance swimming events and beach volleyball.

Some of the most glamorous events — the opening and closing ceremonies and athletics competitions — will take place in two northern football stadiums: the beloved Maracana and the Joao Havelange stadium, now renamed the Olympic Stadium.

The football tournament will be spread around the country at former World Cup 2014 sites, before final rounds play out in Rio at the Maracana and Olympic stadiums.

With inputs from AFP (Video courtesy: DPA Features)

Updated Date: Jul 20, 2016 22:52:45 IST