POSTED: December 29th 2010

Rogge gives thumbs up to Rio 2016 Olympic Village and lays the first stone

President Rogge (center) with top IOC officials approved the progress for the Olympic Village / Wander Roberto/COB
President Rogge (center) with top IOC officials approved the progress for the Olympic Village / Wander Roberto/COB

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 29: Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee president, congratulated the Rio 2016 organizers on their progress with construction works for the Olympic Village. The head of the IOC also laid the cornerstone for the Village during a ceremony held in the city this morning.

Top IOC officials are in town for the launch of the new Rio 2016 logo set to be unveiled New Year’s eve in a huge party celebration taking place on iconic Copacabana Beach. The logo is said to depict Brazil and South America’s first ever Olympic Games.

President Rogge said, “I am glad for I see the preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is going extremely well.” He also emphasized that the Village is the “heart of the Olympic experience, a sacred place”.   

Also attending the ceremony this morning were State Governor Sérgio Cabral, and his Vice-Governor Fernando Pezão; Mayor Eduardo Paes; Senator Regis Fichtner; IOC member João Havelange; IOC Coordination Commission President Nawal El Moutawakel; IOC Director of Olympic Games, Gilbert Felli; businessman Carlos Fernando Carvalho, from Carvalho Hosken construction company; and Rio 2016 President, Carlos Arthur Nuzman. Numerous Olympians were also present, including beach volleyball Olympic medalist Sandra Pires.   

Rio 2016 head Nuzman said, “We will kick start the beginning of the constructions of the Rio 2016 Village in record time. We will have an extraordinary Village; it will be the best and most beautiful in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games”.

“Surely the thirty-first Olympic Village of history will be a modern project, a landmark in the accomplishment of an urban dream.  In a scenery of 18 kilometers of a tropical beach and lagoons of Barra da Tijuca, we will have a great meeting place for athletes from all over the world,” said Carvalho.  

The Rio 2016 Olympic Village, located in the Western Zone of the city, next to Riocentro, will allow for 46% of the athletes to only have 10 minute travel times to competition and training venues. And 73% will only be only 25 minutes away.

The apartments of three and four bedrooms will house eight athletes each and following the Games they will be sold as apartments.  

The Village will cover seventy-five hectares of land, with 58 to be used for accommodation areas comprising 48 twelve-storey buildings and 2,800 more apartments to house the 17,700 athletes.

It will feature a pool, movie theater, spa, gym and business center, and the Carioca Street will reproduce sidewalks and kiosks of the Rio beaches, world famous, and will also have cafés, restaurants, juice and ice-cream stores.  Athletes will have a training center, a park and, nearby, their own Olympic Village Beach. 

The Rio de Janeiro Games will be taking place August 5-21 of 2016.

Keywords · Rio 2016 · Jacques Rogge · Carlos Nuzman · Joao Havelange

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