POSTED: September 29th 2011
NewsUpdate

NOCs: Sweden and Brazil sign technical cooperation agreement

(L to R) Rio 2016 chief Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Swedish NOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg, and President Stefan Lindeberg in Rio / Rio 2016
(L to R) Rio 2016 chief Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Swedish NOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg, and President Stefan Lindeberg in Rio / Rio 2016

The agreement foresees a series of sports exchanges to reinforce each NOC / Rio 2016
The agreement foresees a series of sports exchanges to reinforce each NOC / Rio 2016

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/RIO: Following a two day visit to Rio the Swedish NOC has signed an agreement with the Brazilian NOC for technical exchanges between the two countries for Olympic sports development.

The Swedish NOC was represented by president Stefan Lindeberg, IOC executive board member and secretary general Gunilla Lindberg, and sports directors, Peter Reinebo and Glenn Östh.

Gunilla Lindberg also serves on the IOC coordination commission overseeing the Rio 2016 preparations.

The accord foresees that Brazil and Sweden will work together for bilateral and multilateral competitions, talent development, and exchanges of staff, coaches, seminars for referees and researchers, courses and consulting, and meetings to discover mutual interests.

Rio 2016 president and head of the Brazilian NOC, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, said, “We are very happy with the signing of this agreement. Brazil and Sweden can make significant contributions to sport, and I am confident Olympic sport in both countries now counts on an excellent resource to further the development of high performance sport.”

Lindberg said, “We look forward to a long term partnership, so that we can have Brazilian athletes come to Sweden because I think we can help each other in different sports. I think we match very well together in the sports we are good at, so we can learn a lot from each other in this close cooperation between the NOCs.”

The team visited on the first day Riocentro exhibition centre (badminton, boxing, weightlifting and table tennis events), the site of the Olympic Park (basketball, judo, wrestling, handball, hockey, tennis, track cycling, diving, water polo, swimming, synchronised swimming and gymnastics events), Maracana Stadium (Opening and Closing Ceremonies and football finals) and Maracanazinho Arena (volleyball). They also visited iconic Copacabana Beach where the marathon swimming, triathlon and beach volleyball competitions will be staged.

The second day focused on Deodoro Sports Complex (equestrian, shooting, fencing and modern pentathlon events), Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium (athletics, track and field) and the Sambodromo (archery, marathon). Then they saw the Lagoa (canoe/kayak sprint and rowing events) and the Marina da Gloria (sailing).

Stefan Lindeberg, added, “We had two fantastic days here, travelling around the city, getting to know the different venues, meeting the people who are organising everything – and is really inspiring to be here. We are looking forward to getting here together with our athletes. We love Rio."


Keywords · Rio 2016 · Carlos Arthur Nuzman · Gunilla Lindberg · Stefan Lindeberg


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