POSTED: September 3rd 2013

IOC Coordination Commission visits Rio 2016 for fifth time

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission concluded its fifth visit to the site of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and was pleased with the legacy plans in place by the Organising Committee and its government partners.

The Coordination Commission was also able to see the progress being made in venue modeling, test event preparation, accommodation, sustainability, spectator experience and marketing.

Rio 2016 has benefitted from the recent hosting of the FIFA Confederations Cup and the World Youth Day in learning what is needed to host major international sporting events, but the Coordination Commission said Rio 2016 still needs to complete the matrix of responsibilities and deliver the venues and associated infrastructures in the next three years.

“Twenty-nine weeks after our last Commission visit to Rio de Janeiro, we’ve been able to see progress in a number of areas and a good understanding from the organisers and their government partners about the areas that they need to prioritise,” International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel said. “However, when we award the Games to a city, our work is not just to look at the preparations for the games themselves but also to look at their legacy and to help the city and country to maximise the benefits of being an Olympic host.

“We have been impressed by the commitment of the Rio 2016 team to ensure that legacy is at the heart of everything they do and whether it is developing transport infrastructure, building an education programme, or leaving a sporting heritage to the city, Rio 2016 is making sure that nothing is left to chance.”

The Federal, State and City levels of government were represented during the Commission’s visit, underlining the local authorities’ support for the Games in Rio and the legacy the Games would leave for the city, state and country, as well as the Olympic Movement.

The partnership between the International Olympic Committee, Rio 2016 and the local authorities will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come, including four new Bus Rapid Transit lines, a new metro line, more than 800,000 Brazilian students with increased access to sports activities, expansion of the Rio pacification programme, revitalisation of the Rio Port area, and the reforestation of areas reserved for venue construction.

“We thank the Coordination Commission for their continuous support and guidance,” Rio 2016 Organising Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman said. “We understand the complexity of the task ahead of us. By working together with the three levels of government, we are confident that we will deliver unforgettable Games.”

The Commission also heard updates on preparations for athletes, National Olympic Committee services, sport and International Federations services, the Paralympic Games, media services, venues and infrastructure, Games operations, marketing, engagement, and technology.

The sixth visit of the International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission will take place in March 2014, the first visit after the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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