IOC begins with Coordination Commission ahead of Executive Board in Rio
Ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Executive Board meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week (26-28 February), the IOC’s Coordination Commission got down to work and began its eighth visit to the “Marvellous City” today. The Commission, led by its Chair, Nawal El Moutawakel, will be working with the local Organising Committee and its government partners over the next three days (23-25 February) to see how Rio’s preparations are advancing ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
With the Games now just over a year-and-a-half away, Rio 2016 now has numerous Games-time initiatives up and running, such as its ticketing programme, volunteer training programme and Olympic Torch Relay. While in Brazil, the Commission will hear about these initiatives; visit some of the Games venues; and listen to reports on a number of key operational areas, such as athletes’ services, sport, venues, National Olympic Committee services, International Federation services, accommodation, transport, marketing, media services and preparations for the Paralympic Games.
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. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will have 28 sports on the programme, and will run from 5 till 21 August 2016.