What time is it in Rio right now? Brazil Olympics 2016

Published 6:41 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What time is it in Rio right now?

That’s a question being asked all around the world since the summer Olympics 2016 are underway.

Rio de Janeiro is in Brasilia Time (BRT), which is two hours ahead of central time and one hour ahead of eastern time. You can calculate the difference for your city here from this time and date world clock.

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The Olympics Opening ceremony is Friday night, August 5 but some sports including soccer got underway earlier this week.

In Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Stadium, the Brazilian women’s team eased to a 3-0 victory at the start of its quest for a first Olympic gold.

It’s an early sporting high for Brazil, where reservations about the cost of bringing the Olympics to South America for the first time have produced violent reactions.

As the Olympic torch relay, which began with a ceremonial lighting in Ancient Olympia in April, reached Rio there were fresh signs that strife could disrupt the games.

Police used tear gas to break up protests against salary delays for public workers. Other protesters are demanding improvements in education and healthcare, with some angered by the 39.1 billion Brazilian reals ($12 billion) — a mix of public and private money — being spent on building venues and infrastructure for the Olympics.

Brazil embarked on its Olympics bid at a time of prosperity in 2006, but the games are opening with the country in the grip of its worst recession in decades.

But there was a cause for celebrations on the football field as headers from Monica and Cristiane either side of Andressa Alves’ 59th-minute strike secured Brazil’s opening win over China.

The Olympic Stadium was fuller than earlier in the day when Sweden beat South Africa 1-0 in the other Group E game but the majority of seats did not appear to be filled.

The stadium is also known as Joao Havelange Stadium, named after the 100-year-old Brazilian who led soccer’s governing body FIFA for 24 years. Havelange stepped down as honorary president of FIFA in 2013 to avoid possible suspension for taking kickbacks.

The soccer in Sao Paulo saw a piece of Olympic history created by Canada. Janine Beckie took only 20 seconds to make a mark on her third Summer Games by scoring the fastest goal ever at the Olympics in a 2-0 win over Australia. It was nine seconds faster than Oribe Peralta’s strike for Mexico in the men’s gold medal match against Brazil four years ago in London.

Canada had to cope from the 19th minute with only 10 women after Shelina Zadorsky was sent off for dragging down Michelle Heyman on her way to goal. But Canada still prevented Australia from equalizing and captain Christine Sinclair added a second in the 78th.

The men’s soccer competition starts with eight games Thursday, with Brazil playing South Africa in the capital Brasilia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.