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By Beatriz Milhazes. Photo: Rio 2016/Facebook.

When Rio de Janeiro opens the Olympic Games on August 5, they will be the first ever staged in South America. And here are some eye-catching statistics:

17,000 — number of Olympic athletes and officials.

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

206 — countries competing in the 5-21 August 2016 Games.

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

7.5 million — tickets on sale.

16 — kilometres, 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 per cent 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.

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