Under the leadership of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member and Olympic champion Nawal El Moutawakel, the IOC Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begins its third full visit to the Brazilian city today. The Commission will spend three days in Rio hearing updates on the advancement of planning for the Games, as well as visiting some of the Olympic-related projects currently underway in the city.
As part of its visit, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and its local partners will update the Commission on the progress being made in numerous areas of Games preparations, such as athlete and National Olympic Committee services, sport and International Federation services, the Paralympic Games, marketing, and venues. This will allow the Commission members to gauge the progress of the Rio 2016 Games preparations since its second visit in June 2011 and see how Rio plans to advance during the coming year.
Venue and Infrastructure
During its stay in Rio, the Commission will also see a few of the venue and infrastructure projects that are going on in the city and that will help to serve the needs of the athletes and spectators in 2016. Once completed, these works will serve not just the Games, but also the people of Rio for many years to come, leaving a great legacy for the city.
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.