Rio 2016 unveils athletes’ village to mark Olympic Day
Rio 2016 athletes’ village was unveiled on 23 June to mark Olympic Day. In one month's time, on 24 July, the first of thousands of athletes and team officials will start moving into the buildings that will be their home for the duration of the Games. Brazilian basketball star Janeth Arcain, a two-time Olympic medalist, was announced as 'Mayor' of the Olympic Village.
The Olympic and Paralympic Village consists of 31 apartment buildings, some as high as 17 storeys. In total, there are 3,604 apartments, which will be home to more than 17,000 athletes and team officials during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 6,000 during the Paralympic Games.
A round-the-clock dining hall is expected to serve more than 60,000 meals per day during the Games. Over 21,000 square meters of space mean that you could park 5 jumbo jet planes inside.
A training exercise with the volunteers who will work there has been planned for next week. "Having a well-prepared team is fundamental to the success of the village," said Mario Cilenti, director of the village.
Meet the MayorBrazilian basketball star Janeth Arcain has been given the role of the mayor of the village. Her main duties will be welcoming athletes and officials to the village and ensuring that everything is in place so they can compete to their highest level. A world champion with the Brazilian national side in 2004, Arcain picked up an Olympic silver medal at Atlanta 1996 and bronze at Sydney 2000. "For me, taking on this role is like winning a medal," she said.
Away from the courts, in 2002 she established the Instituto Janeth Arcain, which each year provides about 700 children with access to sporting opportunities.