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From 206 participating nations to 7.5 million tickets: Rio 2016 in numbers

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When Rio de Janeiro opens the Olympic Games on August 5, they will be the first ever staged in South America. Also, these are the first ever Games to host a team of refugees under the Olympic banner.

Officials say that the Olympics will be safe thanks to a huge reinforcement by soldiers, elite national police units and others, totalling 85,000 officers.

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On August 5, Rio de Janeiro will become the first city in South America to stage the Olympic Games.

Here are 20 more eye-catching statistics:

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17,000 — number of Olympic athletes and officials.

78,000 — the capacity of Maracana stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held.

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206 — countries competing in the August 5-21 Games.

1 — team of refugees competing under the Olympic banner for the first time.

7.5 million — number of tickets on sale.

10 — miles (16 kilometers), length of the extension of the underground metro system, the biggest infrastructure project in preparation for the Games.

4 — zones across Rio where events will unfold: the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca, Deodoro, Copacabana beach, and the Maracana and Olympic stadiums in the north.

25,000 — number of journalists covering the Games.

500,000 — estimate of tourists expected to attend the Games.

61 — percentage of Rio residents in a recent poll who said the Games will be great. Another 27% fear a mess.

31 — number of tower blocks making up the Olympic Village. The 3,604 apartments will be sold off after the Games.

60,000 — meals per day to be served at the huge Olympic Village dining hall.

5 — number of jumbo jets you could fit into that dining hall.

80,000 — chairs for the Olympic Village.

7 — players in rugby sevens, which brings the oval ball game to the Olympics for the first time ever.

400 — number of footballs expected to be used in Olympic competition.

0 — times that football powerhouse Brazil has won an Olympic medal in the sport.

112 — years since golf was last in the Olympics.

2 — Brazilian presidents expected at the opening ceremony: Dilma Rousseff, who is suspended and on the verge of being removed from office, and her arch-rival Michel Temer, who is temporarily replacing her.

450,000 — condoms awaiting the roughly 11,000 athletes, so about 41 each, or two each a day.

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The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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