Seventh IOC Coordination Commission visit begins in Rio
The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission is back in Rio de Janeiro for its seventh visit to the 2016 host city this week.
The meetings, which will run from 29 September to 1 October, will be an opportunity for Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel and her team to gauge the progress of the Brazilian organisers with less than two years to go to the Games. During its stay, the Commission will meet with representatives from the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and all levels of Government, as well as have the opportunity to visit some of the Games venues to see construction progress first hand.
With Rio 2016 having recently celebrated its two-years-to-go milestone, started its volunteer recruitment programme, and announced ticket prices, there has been a lot of activity in Rio over the past few months, and the Commission will hear updates on each of these important programmes. The Commission will also examine a number of other areas of the Games preparations including, athletes’ services, sport, venues, National Olympic Committee services, International Federation services, accommodation, transport, marketing, media services, and the 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 its programme and will run from 5 till 21 August 2016.