IOC Coordination Commission Successfully Wraps up First Visit to Rio
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has successfully concluded its first visit to the Brazilian host city, with Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel saying she was pleased with the outcome of the three-day series of meetings. In addition to talks with key figures of the Rio Games project, including members of the federal, state and city governments, Minister Orlando Silva, Governor Sérgio Cabral, and Mayor Eduardo Paes, the Commission also got a first-hand look at the venues and was provided with detailed information by the Games organisers.
A Good Start
“Rio has made a good start to the project”, said El Moutawakel. “It has laid a solid foundation, but the scope of the Olympic project is immense, and it is important that no time is wasted. That is why it’s fantastic to note that all 26 originally planned Olympic sports now have a home and that the venue locations are secured. We were also pleased to see that the whole of Brazil continues to be behind the Games, which was underlined to us by the strong support for the Games from all levels of government.”
Venues and Operations
The Commission was pleased to hear about the progress being made by the Organising Committee in a number of areas, such as sport, marketing and branding, as well as the other operational elements that Rio 2016 has already set in motion. The Commission visited a number of venues that will play important roles during the Games, including the RioCentro Convention Centre, Rio OIympic Arena, Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre and João Havelange Stadium, and also met representatives from Brazilian television networks Record and Globo.
The Brazilian government also gave a presentation to the Commission on the Olympic Delivery Authority (APO) — the body tasked with developing and building new venues and infrastructure, and which will facilitate coordination between the three levels of local government (federal, state, and city). The authorities explained the process of the APO’s creation and outlined the roles and responsibilities of the partners involved. The Commission underlined the importance of the APO becoming operational as quickly as possible because of the great amount of work that still needs to be completed ahead of the 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. Rio 2016 will have 28 sports on its programme, and will run from 5 till 21 August 2016. The Coordination Commission will make its second visit to Rio next year.