The Olympic Games are held every four years and this year the major sports events are being held in Rio de Janeiro between the 5th and 21st of August. The 34 competition venues will be spread over four different zones with over 10,000 athletes expected to participate in a variety of 306 events.
Malta is taking part in four disciplines, namely shooting, swimming, athletics and weightlifting and these are depicted on a four-stamp philatelic set to be issued by Malta Post.
Shooting made its first appearance at the Athens 1886 Olympics, and women joined this sport during the Los Angeles 1984 Games. During Rio 2016, there will be 9 shooting events for men and 6 for women.
Swimming has also been in the Olympics since 1886. There are 15 events including both relay and individual. Swimming at the Olympics used to take place in open waters and the 1908 Olympic Games were the first to introduce pool competitions.
Weightlifting for men appeared for the first time at the Athens 1886 Olympic Games, while women joined the discipline at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. During such competitions, athletes can endure up to three times their weight, making this sport the utmost show of strength.
Athletics is one of the most traditional sports of the Olympic Games dating back to the ones held in Athens in 1886. Athletics offer more medals to be won than any other sport. During this year's Games, athletics will be held during the last ten days of the event.
Over 200 nations are participating in this great sports event.