Rio 2016 Reveals “Compact” Bid Plan

Rio de Janeiro revealed its Candidature File Monday for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The three-volume, 568-page file contains detailed answers to 300 technical questions divided into 17 themes. The file is 2.5 metres in height, and 700 kg. of documents were sent to the International Olympic Committee.

Five hundred people worked to produce the file.

Minister of Sport Orlando Silva said, “Rio de Janeiro would be transformed by the 2016 Olympic Games. The Candidature File demonstrates we have a winning plan. The Olympic Games will promote Brazil on the international stage and will greatly accelerate the development of sport in the country”.

A Rio 2016 press release says the Rio 2016 Games will be a compact event with high standards of technical excellence; sport, culture and education will be integrated with city activities. Social and sports legacies will be guaranteed through the joint work and support of three levels of government.

Sergio Cabral, Governor of Rio said, “Brazil is prepared. Rio is prepared. Society, the three levels and government and the sports community are prepared to bring the Olympic Games to South America for the first time”.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Rio 2016’s President, explained the breakdown of the bid budgets. Following IOC guidelines the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) budget details the operational costs of the Organizing Committee, including those related to temporary “overlay” facilities and support structures at all Games locations.

The non-OCOG budget accounts for investments by the public and private sectors to build new sports venues and infrastructure works, including airport expansion, transport improvements and other work to be undertaken by the three levels of government.

Rio projects revenues and operating expenses of $2.81 billion, with its Olympic-related budget, including capital investments in transportation, sports venues and “incremental costs” being $11.6 billion or 2-1/2 times more than that of any of its rivals.

The Chicago Tribune reports Rio’s projected revenues and operating expenses at $2.81 billion are about the same on both counts as Tokyo and about $150 million more than Madrid, meaning that Chicago expects to bring in at least $1 billion more than its three rivals to cover operating expenses.

Rio’s ticket prices are reportedly the lowest – $200 to $1,000 for the Opening Ceremony as compared to $520 to $1,645 for Chicago and $30 to $150 for prime events.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will have the same standards as the Olympic Games. The Olympic Village was designed to be a completely inclusive accessible environment. The city will expand its accessible infrastructure, including Games venues and general tourist attractions.

The complete bid book is available on the Rio 2016 bid Website.