The Look of the Games will be launched tomorrow (August 5th)
August 5 2014 marks the beginning of the final organisation phase of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games
“With two years to go until the Games, we have concluded the exclusive planning phase, and are now entering the operational preparation phase, when the competition structures begin to take shape and we get closer to the population," says Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This week, the Rio 2016 Committee is hosting the first of 45 test events ahead of the Games. Beginning today, about 300 journalists from all over Brazil and the world will attend national and international press briefings. Tomorrow, 5 August, the visual identity of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, called the "look" of Rio in the Games, will be launched. All these actions are part of the commitments undertaken by the Organising Committee in the Candidature File until the two-year milestone.
“The competition programme has already been approved by the international federations and the International Olympic Committee. We intensified contacts with the international sports community in order to keep them continuously updated on the progress of the organisation, in a joint effort with the International Olympic Committee (IOC)", highlights Nuzman.
“The Games will leave a huge legacy for both Rio and Brazil, and are starting to take shape. No other host city will have had such big transformational benefits from the Games as Rio”, said Nuzman. In addition to infrastructure, the Games also focus on education and citizenship. ´Transforma´, the Education Programme of the Rio 2016 Committee, is being extended from 52 to 162 municipal schools.
The programme was included in the public policies of the Rio de Janeiro City Hall since July, and aims to promote the Olympic values among the basic education of students, introducing them to the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. “The Rio 2016 Committee is also intensifying its relationship with society, in order to disseminate the principles of sport and the importance of sport practice, especially among young people, in Rio and throughout the country”, adds Nuzman.
The first of 45 test events of the Rio 2016 Games, called ´Aquece Rio´ (Warm Up Rio), is taking place until Saturday (August 9th) in Marina da Glória, with 320 sailors from 34 countries participating. This week, other press meetings are being held in Rio, including the National Press Briefing and the World Press Briefing, to be attended by more than 300 journalists from 10 Brazilian states and 26 foreign countries, to discuss the structure implemented by the Rio 2016 Committee for press coverage during the event.
“We keep working in full integration with the IOC and the three levels of government. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and South America will host the world’s biggest sports celebration for the first time, and we are leading the organisation with responsibility and full awareness of the complexity of this task", Nuzman concludes.