Rio 2016 Reveals More Bid Details

The Rio 2016 bid committee revealed Friday additional details of the city’s plan for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games as they finalize their Candidate File ahead of the February 2009 deadline.

A Rio 2016 press release says all three levels of government reiterated their commitment to the bid and support for the vision outlined in the Candidate File.

Carlos Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 President said, “in collaboration with all three levels of government we have devised a concept that will be both a blueprint for great Games and the long-term legacy for Rio, featuring every sport inside the city. Our Master Plan, aligned with a broader agenda of urban transformation across the city, comprises four venue zones that promote economic, environmental and social sustainability”.

The Barra zone will incorporate a single cluster comprising two precincts and 14 venues, as well as the IBC and MPC. Barra will be home to a variety of competitions, including aquatics, gymnastics, boxing, tennis and track cycling.

Seven venues will be located within the Deodoro zone, including one precinct. Deodoro will welcome competitions in disciplines such as modern pentathlon, BMX, shooting and canoe-kayak (slalom). The X Park in Deodoro will become a centre for extreme sports once the Games are over.

The Maracan Zone will feature four venues, including one precinct and the landmark Maracan, the Stadium, Sambdromo, and the home of “Carnaval”. Athletics will be held at Maracan among other competitions, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The Copacabana Zone incorporates two clusters with five venues. Copacabana will be home to competitions in a variety of disciplines including beach volleyball, sailing, rowing and road cycling.

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Village will be located in the Barra Zone, the heart of the Games and the fastest growing area in Rio, said the press release. Directly adjacent to and within walking distance of the Village are the sport precincts of Rio Olympic Park and Riocentro which will host competitions for 14 sports for the Olympic Games and 13 sports for the Paralympic Games.

Carlos Roberto Osorio, Secretary General of the bid committee said, “the development of Village plans was undertaken in collaboration with Olympians and Paralympians, Village operators and staff and those who have lived and worked in previous Games Villages. Not only will this accommodation plan deliver great levels of quality and service during the Games, it will also provide homes for thousands of Brazilians after the Games and help to further develop one of the city’s fastest growing areas”.

According to the press release Rio 2016 will be making detailed announcements about the contents of the Candidate File in February after the submission to the IOC.