POSTED: May 9th 2013

Rio 2016 holds second NOC Open Day

The NOCs of  Germany, Austria, Botswana, China, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Namibia, Qatar, and Brazil attended the second meeting / Rio 2016/Alex Ferro
The NOCs of Germany, Austria, Botswana, China, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Namibia, Qatar, and Brazil attended the second meeting / Rio 2016/Alex Ferro

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Ten National Olympic Committees visited Rio de Janeiro from 6-7 May to see the sport venues to be used in three of the four zones at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

Before the tour of the venues, Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Village and NOC/NPC Relations and Services Director Mario Cilenti led presentations in the headquarters of the Rio 2016 Organising Committees in the city’s Cidade Nova neighbourhood Monday morning. Cilenti then led the group to the Barra Zone, which includes the Olympic Park and Olympic Village.

The group visited the Deodoro Zone in the north of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, including the National Equestrian Centre, the Deodoro Arena, the Modern Pentathlon Park, the National Shooting Centre, and the Maracana and Maracanazinho stadiums. The group also visited the Sambodromo, Marina da Gloria, Copacabana Beach and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon before the end of the day.

“The presentations focused on the core operational aspects of the Games, such as transportation, accommodation, Olympic Village services, sport competitions and sport venues,” Cilenti said. “Except for one, all the visitors were sport professionals. Our focus was to make presentations with a high level of technical information in order to help the NOCs with their planning for the Games.”

“This was an excellent initiative of the Organising Committee,” Chinese Olympic Committee Director of the Secretariat Daishun Wei said. “Serious and professional work. I am sure they will stage excellent Games. More than half of the sport disciplines will be concentrated in Barra, which is very good.”

“We only had four athletes competing at London 2012,” Botswana Olympic Committee General Secretary Tuelo Serufho said. “After the first victory, we became more ambitious. In Rio, we plan to bring around 20 athletes and win five medals.

“I hesitated a few times to come to Rio on holidays, and now I regret it. The city is really beautiful. The beaches are breathtaking. I am impressed by the progress in the organisation. The biggest advantage of having the competition held here in Rio is the short distances among the venues; only two or three sport venues are located in other areas.”

Representatives from 19 countries, including Europe’s Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and France, Asia’s China and Qatar, Africa’s Botswana and Namibia, and the Brazilian Olympic Committee, took part in the second NOC Open Day after the first one in December 2012. There will be another Open Day in November and two others in 2014 ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016.

Keywords · Olympics · Rio 2016 · Rio de Janeiro · Brazil · Germany · China · Botswana · Slovenia · France · Austria · Croatia · Qatar · Namibia ·

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