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The 2016 Rio Olympic Games

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games will feature two villages to host the athletes and media. Construction on the Olympic and Paralympics Village has already begun, and is scheduled for completion one year before the Games, in 2015. There will be 40 12-story buildings, with a total accommodation capacity of 17,700 people. The Village is close to the Olympic Park, which is the main venue for the competitions.

Beyond the Paralympic and Olympic Village, the Athletes’ Park will include a recreational sports area. This was the first installation for the 2016 Games and was completed in March 2012. It is already available for sports use by local events.

The city of Rio de Janeiro will be divided into four areas that will host the 28 Olympic sports competitions: Barra de Tijuca; Maracanã; Deodoro; and Copacabana. Four other cities (Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Salvador, and São Paulo) will serve as venues for the Olympic soccer matches.

Altogether there are 34 Olympic venues. 18 are ready, nine will be a legacy for the population, and the other seven are for temporary use and will be dismantled after the 2016 Games.

Barra da Tijuca will be home to most Olympic sports events. The Olympic Park will be located here and the neighborhood will play host to 20 Olympic sports. The Olympic Arena, the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, and the Olympic Velodrome, built for the Pan American Games in 2007, will be reused. Riocentro, the main exhibition and convention center in the city, has adapted some of its pavilions for sports including boxing, table tennis, badminton, and weightlifting.

The Olympic Park will host the main sporting legacy of the 2016 Games: the Olympic Training Center (OTC). After the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games, the structure will host competitions such as basketball, wheelchair rugby, judo, taekwondo, boccia, wrestling, volleyball, handball, and goalball, and will join the Aquatic Sports Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Tennis and Hockey Centre, the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, and the Olympic Velodrome to form an area of 40,000 square meters that will function as the main training and developing center for Brazilian athletes.

Beach sports will be played on Copacabana Beach. Beach volleyball will have a temporary arena there while the aquatic marathon will start in the Copacabana Fort. Close to Copacabana is the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, which will receive temporary and permanent investments for the installation of rowing and canoeing facilities. The Marina da Gloria will host the sailing event, and the nearby Parque do Flamengo will host cycling.

Finally, the Deodoro Neighborhood will host seven Olympic sports. As with the Olympic Park, new or renovated facilities in the region such as Deodoro Arena, the National Equestrian Center, the

National Shooting Center, and the Modern Pentathlon Park will form the Olympic Training Center site. In addition to these spaces, Deodoro will also host Radical Park for the extreme sports. This area houses much of the region’s younger population. As such, the neighborhood was selected for the home of the Olympic BMX Center, Mountain Bike Olympic Park, and the Olympic Stadium of Slalom Canoeing. After the Games, these facilities should be of use for the local population.

The Olympic Committee has provided some estimates on figures expected for Rio de Janeiro during the Games:

  • 41 world championships in 17 days
  • 11,000 athletes from 205 countries
  • 21,000 accredited journalists + 10,000 non-accredited
  • 90,000 volunteers
  • Over 6.5 million tickets sold
  • Over 5,000 hours of live broadcast to 220 countries: estimated audience of 4.3 billion

The Paralympics Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro will include:

  • 22 sports in 12 days
  • 4,200 athletes from 160 countries
  • 5,500 journalists
  • 30,000 volunteers
  • Over 1 million spectators
  • Over 300 million television viewers