ODA Established For Rio 2016

Brazilian officials signed Friday a protocol to ensure that a single entity, the Olympic Development Authority (ODA), will coordinate public services and deliver infrastructure for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The agreement was signed at the state government’s palace by the minister of sport, Orlando Silva, the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, and the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes. Rio 2016 officials also attended the ceremony.

Rio 2016 modeled its ODA after the Olympic Delivery Authority established for London 2012, which was pioneered for the Sydney 2000 Games. According to a press release the Brazilian model was improved and adapted to national characteristics and designed to promote transparency and agility. It will ensure total coordination between the three levels of government, guaranteeing the quality of all services and full compliance with Olympic deadlines.

The ODA will have divisions dedicated to areas such as traffic and transport, and sustainability. It will also be responsible for coordinating and managing all of the legacies of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and will remain active until December 31, 2020.

Should Rio de Janeiro be chosen as 2016 host city by the IOC, the ODA will start working immediately.

Mayor Paes said, “the signing of this protocol shows the commitment of everyone to this fantastic project that is Rio 2016. It is certain that we can stage an incredible Olympic Games”.