The 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Team Belarus was represented in 75 disciplines and occupied 40th place in the overall standings. Belarus' haul in Rio 2016 comprises 9 medals.
The Belarusian delegation comprised about 200 people, including 57 coaches and 123 athletes who competed in 23 sports, 75 Olympic disciplines. These include basketball, boxing, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, road cycling, gymnastics, rowing, canoeing and kayaking, judo, athletics, table tennis, sailing, swimming, diving, trampoline, synchronized swimming, modern pentathlon, archery, shooting, tennis, weightlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, fencing.
The first Belarusians to qualify for the Rio Games were shooters Vitaly Bubnovich and Yuri Shcherbatsevich, and also yauchtswoman Tatiana Drozdovskaya (Laser-Radial Class), the leader of the world rankings in 2013-2014 and the participant of four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012).
Among the world-renowned athletes is 2012 Olympic champion, tennis player Max Mirnyi, leader of the Belarusian national rhythmic gymnastics team Melitina Staniouta, and legendary champion Yekaterina Karsten.
Team Belarus for Rio 2016 also included winners of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing - runner Marina Arzamasova (800m) and Alina Talay (100m Hurdles), world champions – cyclist Vasily Kiriyenko, weightlifter Vadim Streltsov, rowers Margarita Makhneva, Marina Litvinchuk, Olga Khudenko, Nadezhda Lepeshko (K4 500m), bronze medalist of the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championship in Qatar Dmitry Asanov…
At the Summer Olympics in Rio Belarus resumed its participation (after an eight-year hiatus) in synchronized swimming.
Belarusian synchro swimmers Irina Limanovskaya and Veronika Yesipovich trained by Natalia Sakharuk finished fourth in the qualifying tournament. Well-known Russian athlete, five-time Olympic champion Anastasia Davydova helped train the Belarusian swimmers.
The Belarusian delegation to Rio 2016 Olympics was led by First Deputy Sport and Tourism Minister Alexander Gagiyev.
The 15th Summer Paralympic Games were held in Rio de Janeiro from 7 September to 18 September 2016. Team Belarus at 2016 Paralympic Games was represented by 20 Belarusian athletes in five disciplines.
Belarusian athletes were vying for Olympic medals in adaptive rowing, fencing, swimming, athletics, and judo.
Four-time gold medalist and one-time silver medalist of the London 2012 Paralympics swimmer Igor Boky and eminent Belarusian para-rower and ski-racer Lyudmila Volchek were preparing for Rio 2016. Lyudmila Volchek has three gold medals, three silvers and three bronzes from two Summer Paralympic Games of 2008 and 2012, and two Winter Paralympics of 2006 and 2010.