POSTED: April 7th 2013

Rio 2016 welcomed six international sports federations to its competition venues in March

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Six international sport federations had representatives visit Rio de Janeiro to meet with members of Rio 2016 Organising Committee, visit their competition venues and exchange ideas on the project in March.

The international sports federations are responsible for the technical requirements of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for each sport works closely with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee. Test event preparations, transport to the competition and training venues, and validation of specifics content such as the pictograms for each sport were some of the main subjects discussed during the visits.

“Along with the athletes, the international federations are the most important clients for the Sports Department,” Sports Competition Manager Rodrigo Garcia said. “We work together to answer questions and update them on our project progress. They want to know about the venues, become familiarised with the training venues and many other operations details.”

The International Hockey Federation visited the Organising Committee first. Among the FIH’s representatives were President Leandro Negre, Ceo Kelly Fairweather, Sport & Development Director David Luckes and Executive Board member Susan Neil. Table Tennis Federation Executive Vice President Neil Harwood and Olympic Games and Events Specialist Raul Calin visited the Committee during the second week of March.

The International Cycling Union, the International Sailing Federation, the International Modern Pentathlon Union and the International Shooting Sport Federation also visited from 20 -29 March.

UCI’s Mountain Bike and BMX manager Peter Van den Abeele, Vice President Scott Perry and ISAF competitions head Alastair Fox attending meetings, as did ISSF President Gary Anderson, ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber, and UIPM President Klaus Schormann and six of its members.

“It was very productive,” architect Tayomara Gama, responsible for the Guilherme Paraense National Centre for Sports Shooting in Deodoro, said. “We were at the sports shooting range and there we heard the international federation’s suggestions for use of the space. We’re going to do studies to see if the suggestions are viable. We’ll do as much as we can so that all clients are received in the best manner possible.”

Rio 2016’s strategy is to work together with the numerous project stakeholders to deliver technically excellent, unique and memorable games. The International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Canoe Federation are scheduled to visit in April, while the World Taekwondo Federation and the International Tennis Federation are already planned to visit in May.

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