Rio 2016 Briefs President, Games Would Transform City

The Rio 2016 bid committee presented details of the bid’s Candidate File, which will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) next week, to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The file sets out the city’s vision and detailed proposal for the 2016 Games.

President Lula told the bid committee he would do whatever is needed in the campaign to bring the Games to Brazil and South America for the first time.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and Rio 2016 said, “we gave President Lula a full briefing on the final plans for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These would be Games of celebration and transformation. President Lula was very enthusiastic and offered his full support to help achieve our vision for Brazil and all of South America. All spheres of government are united in their support of Rio’s bid to host the Games and this cohesion is a significant strength for our bid”.

Tuesday the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) signed an agreement to conduct studies to promote the scientific, educational and social development of Brazilian sport. Attending were the President of Rio 2016 and COB, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the Governor of Rio, Sergio Cabral Filho, and the rector of UERJ, Ricardo Vieiralves de Castro, as well as current and former athletes.

UERJ and COB will work together to develop a wide range of academic courses whose objective will be to provide quality education in a wide range of sports-related areas, said the press release. UERJ’s research centres will also be used as a resource for sports science.

The Governor said, “this accord will provide a significant legacy in training. This initiative further illustrates to the international community our vision for the Rio 2016 Games, one that is closely linked to the wider long-term planning strategy of the city and country. We are not only bidding to host Olympic and Paralympic competitions during the Games, we are aiming for lasting legacies that will deliver new infrastructure, new environmental, physical and social initiatives and improved benefits and opportunities for all. That is why this agreement is so important”.

The implementation of the accord will involve activities in areas such as Physical Education, Sports Science, Sports Administration, Sociology, Sports Law, Sports Medicine and Psychology Applied to Sport.

Nuzman said, “we have opened a door that will enable many people to qualify to work for Brazilian sport. This is an important day in the history of sport in Latin America. Rio de Janeiro is one of the Candidate Cities to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and this agreement demonstrates our commitment to the development of sport in Brazil and across South America”.