The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Games starts its fourth visit to the Brazilian host city today.
Chaired by IOC Executive Board member and Olympian Nawal El Moutwakel, the Commission will be spending the next three days examining the progress of the Rio project and receiving updates from the organisers and their partners on their plans. The Commission will also visit some Games-related projects in the city.
Since its third visit last June, there have been a number of visits from IOC delegations to Rio, but this will be the first time the full Commission has been in town since the close of the London 2012 Olympic Games. This signifies that the Commission will start to visit the host city twice a year from now on, as is the usual schedule for Coordination Commission visits to a Games host. The Commission will hear updates on issues as varied as athletes, venues, sport, transport, media services, workforce, technology, and the Paralympic Games, to name but a few of the subjects to be discussed this week.
Rio de Janeiro was elected on 2 October 2009 as the host city of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rio was elected in the third round of voting, beating the cities of Chicago (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain). Rio defeated Madrid in the third round of voting by 66 votes to 32, with Chicago and Tokyo already having been eliminated in the first and second rounds respectively. Rio 2016 will have 28 sports on its programme and will run from 5 till 21 August 2016.