The 1956 Summer Olympics , officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1956. The 1956 Games were the first to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere and South America, as well as the first to be held outside Europe and North America.

Host city selection

Buenos Aires was selected as the host city over bids from Melbourne, Mexico City, Montreal and four American cities on 28 April 1949, at the 43rd IOC Session in Rome, Italy.

1956 Summer Olympics bidding results
City Country Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Buenos Aires Flag of Argentina Argentina 12 14 16 22
Melbourne Flag of Australia Australia 14 18 18 19
Los Angeles Flag of the United States (1912-1959) United States 5 3 3
Detroit Flag of the United States (1912-1959) United States 4 4 4
Mexico City Flag of Mexico (1934–1968) Mexico 6 2
Chicago Flag of the United States (1912-1959) United States 0
Philadelphia Flag of the United States (1912-1959) United States 0
Montreal Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada 0

Medals awarded

The 1956 Summer Olympic programme featured 151 events in the following 17 sports:

External links

Preceded by
Summer Olympic Games
Buenos Aires

XVI Olympiad (1956)
Succeeded by

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