The “Rio 2007 Debriefing Seminar”, which Rio 2016 hopes to learn from as it bids for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, opened in Rio de Janeiro Monday and ends on Saturday
The objective of the Seminar is to present experience acquired by hosting the Pan America and Parapan American Games and transfer this knowledge to sports and event organizing bodies.
Brazilian and Pan American Olympic Federations, the Brazilian Paraolympic Committee and the Organizing Committees of multisports events, especially in the Americas, will take a close look at all the details involved in the organization of the Pan Am Games.
Orlando Silva Junior, Minister of Sports, said at the opening of the Seminar, “this Seminar is the closing of the Games and will allow for perpetuating the knowledge Rio 2007 left for sports in Brazil and in the world. It is a demonstration of maturity and planning for us to win the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games”.
Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Rio 2007 Organizing Committee and the Rio 2016 Bid Committee, said “the Rio 2007 Pan American and Parapan American Games left extremely important lessons for the future of sports in Brazil and in the Americas. Following the initiative IOC has adopted since Athens 2004, this Seminar is intended to extend the knowledge acquired in a great and complex event like Rio 2007 and qualifies the Rio 2016 bid project”.