Coordination commission begins final visit to Rio
The IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio 2016, today began its final visit (11 – 13 April) to the Brazilian host city. Led by its Chair, Nawal El Moutawakel, the Commission’s visit comes only four months before Rio 2016 hosts the Olympic Games for the first time in South America.
During its visit this week, the Commission will tour a number of Games venues, many of which have already held successful test events; meet with the local Government authorities; be updated by the Rio 2016 Organisers about different areas of Games preparations and will close with a press conference. These updates will look at areas as diverse as athlete services, sport, media services, the Paralympic Games, venues, Games operations, and the spectator experience.
Rio de Janeiro 2016
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 de Janeiro was elected in the third round of voting, beating the cities of Chicago (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain). Rio de Janeiro 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. The Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 will have 28 sports on its programme and will run from 5 till 21 August 2016.