(CNN)Here's some background information about the 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Summer Olympics. The Olympic Games will be held August 5-21, 2016. The Paralympic Games will be held September 7-18, 2016.
This is the first time the Olympics will be held in South America.
Rio de Janeiro is also a host city for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
September 13, 2007 - Seven cities in total have made bids to the International Olympic Committee: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Doha (Qatar), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Prague.
November 24, 2014 - The two mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics are announced. The mascot for the Olympic Games is a combination of different animals native to Brazil and the Paralympics mascot is a combination of native plants.