POSTED: April 29th 2009

Rio Village to boast Olympic beach

(L to R) Craig Reedie, Jacqueline Barrett, Nawal El Moutawakel, Gilbert Felli / Image: Sérgio Huoliver / COB
(L to R) Craig Reedie, Jacqueline Barrett, Nawal El Moutawakel, Gilbert Felli / Image: Sérgio Huoliver / COB

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT/ Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio kicks off the formal presentation of the 2016 bid to the 13 members of the IOC evaluation team at the scenographic beachside Copacabana Palace Hotel.

The first day of presentations covered six key topics: Overall Concept of the Olympic Games, Environment and Meteorology, Sport and Venues, Olympic Village, Accommodation, and Transport.

The Rio team scheduled specialists for each theme presentation and bid chairman Carlos Arthur Nuzman initiated the opening with João Havelange, IOC member and Honorary President of FIFA. Among others presenting various topics included Governor Sérgio Cabral, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, and Paralympic athlete Daniel Dias.

Nuzman affirmed, “Rio de Janeiro is prepared. The last few weeks have been dedicated to rehearsals and meetings to fine-tune the details. Rio 2016 has proposals that could offer much to the Olympic Movement, and we will demonstrate this in these meetings.”

“Rio de Janeiro and Brazil have been preparing for this week for many, many years. We have hosted more than 600 international competitions over the last decade and we have prepared, listened and learned. Every Olympic and Paralympic athlete will remember, for the rest of their lives, the great passion of Rio de Janeiro. The passion for sport, the passion for the Olympic Games, the passion for life. We, in Rio de Janeiro, are ready to change our history,” he continued (photo right).

Havelange said, “If your eyes could see what mine have seen during these 92 years, you would understand the importance, for me and for Brazil, of welcoming this Commission. I have witnessed the evolution of my country, from a developing nation to the current moment of economic growth. At my age, unfortunately I have no more sports ambitions. But I have a desire to offer Brazil and South America the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Orlando Silva, Minister of Sport, and Isabel Swan, bronze medal winner at Beijing, gave an over view on the Overall Concept of the Olympic Games.

“We have a stable economy, with a favorable environment for investment. We are convinced of our capacity, and our country has its arms open to welcome the world and the Olympic Family in 2016,” commented Silva.

One special feature about the athlete’s village is that Rio offers a shuttle service to a private “Olympic Beach” and “Rua Carioca” which will be a little pedestrian boulevard lined with outdoor cafes, restaurants and stores giving the athletes a taste of special South American hospitality. 

The commission will hear further presentations on Paralympic Games, political climate, legal aspects, customs and immigration formalities, finance and marketing on the second day of meetings prior to the actual venue visits.

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