POSTED: February 21st 2013

IOC Coordination Commission pleased with Rio 2016 progress after visit

The 18 members of the IOC Coordination Commission led by Nawal El Moutawakel / Alex Ferro / Rio 2016
The 18 members of the IOC Coordination Commission led by Nawal El Moutawakel / Alex Ferro / Rio 2016

The Plenary Session /  Rio 2016
The Plenary Session / Rio 2016

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications  

February 21 – The International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission just concluded its fourth visit of Rio de Janeiro in preparation of the 2016 Olympic Games. There has been solid progress since the last visit in June 2012, the IOC said. While the media villages, the venue masterplan, and the recruitment of staff by the Organising Committee has seen improvement, both of the Olympic Parks – in Deodoro and Barra – and many of the supporting infrastructures still have to be delivered in three-and-a-half year’s time.

The Commission, chaired by IOC Executive Board member Nawal El Moutawakel, received updates from the organisers and their partners on their plans during the three day visit. A number of Games-related projects including the Maracaña Stadium, Rio 2016’s new headquarters, Deodoro, and the Rio port area were also visited by Commission members. The Commission said the local Organising Committee has learned from the London Games – during the Games and at a London Debrief in Rio last November.

Rio has continued to receive strong support from the government, the Commission said, after the start of regular meetings between the local Organising Committee and all levels of government. The meetings were led by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Aldo Rebelo, the Brazilian Minister of Sport, Sergio Cabral, the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, and Eduardo Paes, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, were in attendance during the Commission’s meetings.

New CEO Sidney Levy and a number of personnel with previous Olympic experience have helped the Rio 2016 Organising Committee advance the Rio project in recent months. The Commission suggested similar recruitment work needs to continue as the project moves toward its final delivery.

“We’ve seen solid progress this week,” Commission Chair El Moutawakel said. “Building work is ongoing and the Organising Committee continues to strengthen its capacity. However, many projects will have to be delivered simultaneously. We remain confident but we must all stay vigilant and continue to work hard, so that timelines are respected.”

A number of sport venues still need work to start in order to meet deadlines for test events prior to the Games. Test events ensure the Olympic Games run smoothly by allowing athletes to get a feel for the field of play before the Games commence, as well as for National Olympic Committees and International Federations to plan their operations.

The Commission said a lot of work has been done in regards to accommodation, but underlined many hotel constructions were still to be confirmed in the next few months.

Rio 2016 also presented plans for engaging all of Brazil in different areas, like education, culture, digital media, the brand and spectator experience. All local stakeholders of Rio 2016 are involved in the process.

“We are making strong progress in our journey and we are on track to deliver great Games for Rio, Brazil and the world to enjoy,” Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, said. “We have worked hard to increase integration across the project and the vital engagement and support of the three levels of government is stronger than ever.

“We are grateful for the expert advice and guidance received from the IOC Coordination Commission this week, and the Rio 2016 teams will continue to work relentlessly to deliver solutions for the outstanding issues and to respect the timeline involved in the project.”

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