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Rio 2016 celebrates three years to the Olympic Games

Barra Olympic Park will host 15 Olympic sports and 10 Paralympic sports during the Games in Rio in 2016 (credit: AECOM)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5, 2013 – With exactly three years to go to the start of the 2016 Olympic Games the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro is on track to deliver a unique and memorable edition of the Games. Over 10,500 athletes from more than 200 countries will take part in the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America.

The venues for the Games are spread out over four Olympic zones: Barra, Deodoro, Copacabana and Maracana. The 2016 Games will be the first to include two Olympic Parks, with the Barra Olympic Park hosting nine Olympic sports and the Deodoro OIympic Park staging eight.

The organising committee is working in a fully integrated manner with the three levels of government (federal, state and city) and other stakeholders to deliver on the promises made when Rio was awarded the honour of hosting the Games in Copenhagen in October 2009.

At the heart of the Rio 2016 project is a commitment to bring positive transformation through sport. The Games are catalyst to accelerate the development and improvement of Rio in the areas of urban infrastructure, transport, security, accommodation and education, as well as sports participation, to leave a lasting legacy for many generations to come. 

The Organising Committee is working closely with all stakeholders to ensure the interests of the athletes and sport are kept at the heart of Games planning. To date Rio 2016 has welcomed representatives from 36 National Olympic Committees, from all five continents, and received 24 visits from 18 International Federations in order to develop the detailed operational planning for the Games.

“Thanks to the dedicated and experienced team of Rio 2016, we are keeping up with commitments, and working rationally to stage excellent Games in 2016,” said Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.

“In three years’ time history will be made as the first Games to be hosted on South American soil are officially opened. It will be a proud moment for Rio, Brazil and everyone involved in the project, and we look forward to welcoming the world with open arms,” he continued.

His enthusiasm was shared by IOC President Jacques Rogge who said, “In Copenhagen in 2009, the Rio 2016 bid team promised to deliver Games of celebration and transformation. Four years on and using the Games as a catalyst, that transformation is taking shape, with new sporting and transport infrastructure already in use, new hotels under construction, the port area being renovated, and social projects helping to improve security and life for local communities through sport.

“As we reach the three-years-to-go mark, Rio 2016 is working hard to deliver on its vision and its commitments to the athletes of the world and to the people of Brazil. I am confident that Rio’s transformation will continue apace and that athletes, fans, and citizens will celebrate great Olympic Games together in Rio in 2016.”


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