POSTED: May 30th 2013

Deodoro Olympic Park gets new proposals at SportAccord

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Eight international federations met with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games at the SportAccord Convention Wednesday, 29 May, to discuss the Deodoro Olympic Park.

Representatives of basketball, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, hockey, modern pentathlon, rugby and shooting listened to Rio 2016 Director of Sports Agberto Guimaraes discuss proposals for the park in terms of sports venues and the common areas for spectators.

The Olympic Park would hold a 10,000-seat Olympic Hockey Centre and a 20,000-capacity Rugby and Modern Pentathlon Arena for rugby sevens and modern pentathlon to share. Basketball preliminary matches would be held in the Deodoro Arena.

“We are encouraged with the highly positive discussions with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee regarding the Deodoro Zone, which is being proposed by Rio 2016 as the venue for the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens events at the 2016 Games,” International Rugby Board Chief Executive Officer Brett Gosper said. “While the venue is ultimately subject to IRB Executive Board approval, the IRB is satisfied that Rio 2016’s exciting plans to ensure that the Zone is an accessible and vibrant festival hub will deliver a great experience for the sports and for fans.

“The IRB will continue to work alongside Rio 2016 and the IOC to ensure the delivery of outstanding and successful Rugby Sevens events for teams, fans and the Olympic and rugby families.”

“We are very pleased with the significant progress made regarding the Deodoro Olympic Park,” Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman said, though the updated proposals still need formal board approval by the International Federations. “Without doubt, Deodoro will be a very vibrant, exciting and atmospheric element of the Rio 2016™ Games.

“We look forward to continuing to work very closely with our International Federation partners, and the IOC and IPC, to deliver our shared goals of technical excellence and outstanding spectator experience. I would like to thank my colleagues at the International Federations for their great spirit of partnership and cooperation, and for sharing their expertise with us.”

“We had a really positive meeting with Rio 2016 today and we are confident that we will have a very good venue, and most importantly, a very successful Games,” FIH Chief Executive Officer Kelly Fairweather said.

Rio 2016 announced it would include two Olympic Parks – one in Barra and one in Deodoro – at the International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission meeting in February. Deodora has the highest population of young people under 18, and the city will host a youth-focused X Park with BMX cycling and slalom canoeing in the years following the 2016 Olympic Games.

“We participated in an excellent meeting and I am pleased that all the things we have asked for have been fulfilled,” UIPM President Klaus Schorman said. “We have to thank the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for fulfilling our dream.”

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