Rio 2016 Bid Gets Unanimous Approval

Representatives of various groups involved in Rio de Janeiro’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games met in Brasilia Wednesday and confirmed their approval of the Candidate File themes and necessary guarantees to host the 2016 Games.

The Government Action Group for Rio 2016 meeting was attended by Orlando Silva, Minister of Sport, and representatives of 27 government bodies from the federal, state and municipal levels. The group, created on July 14, 2008 by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is responsible for fulfilling the commitments made by the Brazilian government relating to Rio’s 2016 bid.

According to a press release the bid committee is now putting the final touches to the Candidate File to be delivered to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by February 12. The content of the 17 themes of the Candidate File was approved during the meeting, as well as the structure for the management model of the government bodies for the 2016 Games.

Leonardo Gryner, Communications Director for Rio 2016 said, “it was a very productive meeting that further illustrated the commitment of all three levels of government for the Rio 2016 bid. The Candidate File is a fundamental document for the IOC’s evaluation of our proposed plan and we are delighted to confirm that it was successfully received by all parties”.

Members of the Government Action Group discussed the private sector’s participation in the Olympic Games. Minister Silva said, “the meeting was decisive and illustrative of the commitment and support behind Rio’s bid. We approved all the themes in the Rio 2016 Candidate File and defined the governance and structure of the Organising Committee for the Games, including the public sector, private sector and all three levels of government. We are working to present a consistent bid, underpinned by a viable and sustainable plan. The combined work of the three levels of government will certainly reassure the IOC of the viability of our project”.