• Curious about the rules of archery? Or the different events in the modern pentathlon? SI.com previews every single Olympic sport set to be contested at 2016 Rio Games.
By The SI Staff
August 03, 2016

After plenty of buildup and anticipation, the 2016 Rio Olympics open on Friday, Aug. 5, with most of the sports kicking off on Saturday, Aug. 6 (with the exception of women’s soccer, which starts group play on Wednesday, Aug. 3). But with the Olympics comes mostly sports that the average sports fan tunes into once every four years, so at SI.com, we have compiled a primer for every single sport contested in the coming weeks in Rio de Janeiro. Table tennis? Check. Handball? Check. Modern pentathlon? Check.

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Take a look each preview below for a brief overview of the sport and the major storylines, athletes you should watch and the gold-medal dates.

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