The eyes of the sporting world were set firmly on Brazil when the handover of the Olympic flag took place during the London 2012 Closing Ceremony, highlighting Rio de Janeiro as the next host city.
Audiences around the world were then treated to an eight minute Brazilian spectacle during Rio 2016’s portion of the show, the brainchild of creative directors Cao Hamburger and Daniela Thomas.
The segment saw the Olympic Stadium transformed into a sea of green and yellow in honour of the Brazilian flag, creating a carnival atmosphere that celebrated the country’s mix of culture, music and dance, and included samba dancing from Renato Sorriso, popular Brazilian singer Marisa Monte, model Alessandra Ambrósio and an unexpected appearance from footballer Pelé.
The Rio de Janeiro Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (Rio 2016) has released further details of what to expect from the Games in 2016.
One of the themes for the 2016 Games is “A city leaps forward”, reflected by the organising committee’s decision to have Brazilian children present the video outlining the city's plans to build venues and infrastructure a few weeks ago at the IOC Session.
The competitions in Rio will be held in four zones across the city, with venue clusters in Copacabana, in Deodoro and around the Maracanã stadium, while the Olympic Park will be built in Barra.
In addition, the Olympic football tournament will be staged in various stadiums around Brazil, with cities including São Paulo, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Salvador.
Rio 2016 said in a recent statement that construction is running on time and that they are “delivering on our promises” to transform the city and its transportation network.
So with London now over, the people of Brazil are looking forward to seeing you in Rio in four years time!