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The Rio Olympic village just looks hideous. They're better off converting those buildings into office space after the games because the idea of living in an area where you're surrounded by nothing is so unappealing for most people. For future Olympic villages the bidding city should be given the right to build their villages more spread out rather than bundling them up like this.

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The Rio Olympic village just looks hideous. They're better off converting those buildings into office space after the games because the idea of living in an area where you're surrounded by nothing is so unappealing for most people. For future Olympic villages the bidding city should be given the right to build their villages more spread out rather than bundling them up like this.

"Bundled up" and "surrounded by nothing" are two entirely separate issues (see London's version- bundled up right next to shopping malls, transport hubs etc.). The number of people required to be accommodated is about the same as the population of my town, which spreads over several square kilometres.

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Athletes at Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Village to be offered a taste of Brazil Team preparing to serve 60,000 meals per day hopes that Usain Bolt and Co will try farofa, tapioca, açaí and other local delicacies

Rice and black beans, barbecued steak and coconut water may be among the common items on Brazilian dinner tables that are well known by foreigners, but what of farofa, tapioca, açaí, brigadeiro or pão de queijo? Along with the sports fans who attend the Rio 2016 Games, the world’s leading athletes will get the chance to indulge in some of these local delicacies at the Olympic and Paralympic Village.

About 18,000 people (athletes, coaches and technical staff) will be housed in the village during the Olympic Games, with another 7,000 due for the Paralympic Games. A team of approximately 2,500 people, led by food and beverages manager Flavia Albuquerque, will be working around the clock to ensure they are served healthy, balanced and tasty meals. While there will be various options – such as Italian, Asian, ‘tastes of the world’, halal, kosher – and a traditional Brazilian churrasco (barbecue) restaurant, the hosts hope that their guests will give the ‘home cooking’ a try.

“We’re going to offer a good variety of the best tastes of Brazil. We hope that the foreign athletes try these and enjoy them"

Flavia Albuquerque

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Clockwise from top left: pão de queijo, brigadeiros, rice and beans, farofa, tapioca, açaí and coconut water (Photos: iStock)

With a floor space of 24,700 metres squared and 10 serving ‘islands’ seperated by themes, the main dining hall at the athletes’ village is set to be festival of colours, smells and tastes. Check out some of the numbers for the Olympic period:

18,000 people 183 tonnes of food 30 days 60,000 meals per day

The provisional menu has already been sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who will analyse it and give feedback and the final sign-off. With athletes poised for their big moments at the end of four years of intense training, it is crucial that the food provided serves their needs, and that they understand exactly what is in it. “The food will have information that explains how many calories, how much protein, carbohydrate, fat and salt they have,” said Albuquerque. The presence of gluten and lactose will also be flagged up, with options free of these substances served for those with an intolerance.

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Brazilians in the Vancouver 2012 Olympic Village dining hall (Getty Images/Alexander Hassenstein)

As well as meticulous care being given to the selection, transportation, storage and preparation of the food, Rio 2016 will ensure that waste is treated in a sustainable manner. There will be no frozen food and Albuquerque said: "The trucks leave the distribution centres with the boxes of certified food sealed, as is obligatory in all catering operations, and the seals can only be broken once they arrive at the village.” The disposal process will seperate recyclable and organic waste, and the plates and cutlery will be of a biodegradable material made from sugar cane or corn.

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British prime minister David Cameron tries some of the local fare at the London 2012 Games (Getty Images/Scott Halleran)

One of the most important aspects of planning to serve athletes from around the world is being sensitive to cultural norms and tastes. “We will not put chilli in foods, we will offer it seperately so that athletes can add to their food if they want,” said Albuquerque.

“It’s very important that we respect and take into consideration the different cultural necessities of the athletes, in order for them to be able to feel at home and focus on their competitions”

Flavia Albuquerque

Get to know some Brazilian favourites...

Pão de queijo

Baked bread balls filled with cheese, these are popular for breakfast or as snacks at any time of the day. Best eaten fresh when they are are warm, soft and light.

Tapioca

A traditional indigenous snack, this is like a pancake, crepe or tortilla made from the starch of cassava, a root known as madioca or aipim in Brazil, where it is a very popular ingredient. Tapiocas can be filled with savoury or sweet ingredients and are popualr with Brazilian athletes as a source of gluten-free carbohydrate.

Farofa

A condiment made from madioca flour that is served with most Brazilian meals, sometimes with egg, bacon or banana added. It is best mixed with beans and rice, and eaten with meats.

Açaí

A purple Amazonian fruit that is hugely popular as a sweet dish, served with banana, granola, nuts or strawberries. Also popular with athletes for its high energy value, but beware, it also has lots of calories.

Brigadeiro

A classic Brazilian sweet, these are made of chocolate, condensed milk and butter. Usually served in balls, they are a devilishly irresistible treat.

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Making sure the athletes are always well hydrated is another concern of the Food and Beverage team (Photo: Getty Images)

http://www.rio2016.com/en/news/athletes-at-rio-2016-olympic-and-paralympic-village-to-be-offered-a-taste-of-brazil

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Rio readies largest ever Olympic village

It is called the a village but a city might be a more fitting name. Almost 18,000 athletes and officials will call Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic village home during the mega event in August and the Paralympic Games in September.
Rio 2016 organisers say it will be the largest number of residents ever housed at an Olympic village, reports Xinhua.
In addition, some 13,000 staff and volunteers will work around the clock to attend to every beck and call of the city’s distinguished guests.
Located in Barra da Tijuca, next to Olympic Park in Rio’s southwest, the Olympic village will comprise 31 high-rise buildings and 3,604 apartments.
It will also feature a shopping centre, banks, medical clinic, gymnasium, post office, beauty salon and shops selling licensed products. A 200,000 square-metre recreation zone for athletes will boast a lounge area, games room, green areas, a bicycle track and swimming pools. A 24-hour bus service will also circulate within the village grounds, stopping at every condominium.
The restaurant will be big enough to house a Boeing 747 jumbo jet and will serve an estimated 60,000 meals a day.
According to Olympic village director Mario Cilenti, construction work at the complex has been completed and 70 percent of the apartments have been furnished.
By the middle of July, the village condominiums will boast some 19,000 beds, 19,650 wardrobes, 11,152 air conditioners, 120,580 towels, 70,200 sheets and 19,000 quilts. A novelty will be the absence of refrigerators in the apartments. Instead all buildings have been fitted with machines that dispense free cold drinks.
IANS

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Ladies and gentlemen. This ready the Olympic Village Rio 2016!

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Picciani, Paes, Nuzman e Thomas Bach participam de cerimônia na Vila Olímpica (Foto: André Durão)

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Refugee athletes feel at home at Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Village

Judokas who will be part of refugee team at Olympic Games, invited to ceremony as Rio 2016 receives keys to village

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Yolande Mabika (second from left) and Popole Misenga (to her left) with Thomas Bach (front right) at the village (Photo: Rio 2016/Saulo Guimarães)

Two very special guests were present as Rio 2016 officially took ownership of the Olympic and Paralympic Village on Wednesday (15 June) afternoon. Popole Misenga and Yolande Mabika, the Congolese judokas who will compete for the first ever refugee team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, got a sneak preview of where they will be staying this August.

As the Rio city government, which was responsible for the construction, symbolically handed over the keys to Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman, the judokas chatted with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach.

“From now on you must concentrate on your preparations for the Games,” said Bach, who won a gold medal in fencing at the Montreal 1976 Games. Misenga thanked Bach for the gift of a pin-badge of the Olympic rings and Mabika revealed her target for the Games. “I want to win a medal,” she said. “Just one, and it doesn’t matter if it’s bronze or silver.”

AIaQWaja.jpgLeft to right: IOC Coordination Commission chair Nawal El Moutawakel, Mabika, Bach, Misenga and Nuzman (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

Misenga and Mabika have been based in Rio since 2013, when they decided not to return to the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo after the judo world championships in Brazil. Earlier this month they were named among 10 athletes who will march under the Olympic flag as part of an unprecedented refugee team at the Rio 2016 Games.

“I am very happy to see our new home,” said Mabika after being shown around the village in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, close to Barra Olympic Park, the main venue cluster.

RD97iOY5.jpgThe Olympic and Paralympic Village will open its doors in July (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

With 31 buildings and more than 3,600 apartments, the Olympic and Paralympic Village will be home to 15,000 athletes and team officials during the Games. “This is one of the most beautiful Olympic villages I have seen in the history of the Games,” said Bach after the key handover ceremony.

“This will be home to the best athletes in the world,” said Nuzman, while Rio mayor Eduardo Paes said a “microcosm of the world will meet here”. Sports minister Leonardo Picciani stressed that the complex had been constructed with 100 per cent private investment.

mb6Yrk_a.jpgOne of the bedrooms in the Olympic and Paralympic Village (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

Earlier in the day, Bach had travelled by train to visit Deodoro Olympic Park, the second largest venue cluster. After catching the 9.20am from Rio’s iconic Central do Brasil station, Bach spoke with journalists during the journey. “The transformation of the public transport system in Rio in the last few years has been one of the biggest in the world,” he said. “What’s happened here has been incredible.”

After a journey of about 30 minutes, Bach arrived at Vila Militar station, where thousands of fans will leave the train in August to arrive at the second Olympic Park. “I liked the journey very much,” said the IOC president before visiting the venues for equestrian, rugby, modern pentathlon and the X-Park (home to BMX, mountain bike and canoe slalom).

At the end of the venue visit, Bach travelled to Barra on the Transolimpica line of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network. The 26-kilometre express lane will be a key part of the Games-time transport system.

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Bach arrives in Deodoro flanked by Moutawakel and Nuzman (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/refugee-judokas-get-sneak-preview-as-rio-2016-receives-key-to-olympic-and-paralympic-village

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That's why the Olympic Games are a never-ending money sinkhole -- each city makes the Olympic Village bigger and more bombastic than the last. How about making a smaller village and telling the IOC, "No, we can only house 10,000 athletes"?

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Rio 2016 unveils athletes’ village to mark Olympic Day23/06/2016 — 11H33By RIo 2016

Brazilian basketball star Janeth Arcain, a two-time Olympic medallist, announced as 'Mayor' of the Olympic Village

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The Olympic Village comprises 31 buildings and 3,604 apartments, plus a bank, laundry, post office, florist and beauty salon (Photo: Rio 2016)

To mark Olympic Day, the Rio 2016 athletes' village was unveiled to the world's media on Thursday (23 June). In one month's time, on 24 July, the first of thousands of athletes and team officials will start moving into the buildings that will be their home for the duration of the Games.

Every year, Olympic Day commemorates the official anniversary of the International Olympic Committee. It is celebrated around the world with events that encourage people to become involved in sports and lead more active lives.

The Olympic and Paralympic Village consists of 31 apartment buildings, some as high as 17 storeys. In total, there are 3,604 apartments in the village, which will be home to more than 17,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games and 6,000 people during the Paralympic Games.

Refugee athletes feel at home at Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Village

LuKu7-3G.jpgOne of the rooms where athletes will be sleeping during Rio 2016 (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

The village will be more than just a place to sleep for athletes and their entourages. During the Games, it will be a real home where people can relax, work out and access all the day-to-day services they need without leaving the site. Facilities at the Rio 2016 village include a laundry, a florist, convenience stores, a bank, post office, ticket booth and even a hairdresser and beauty salon.

A round-the-clock dining hall is expected to serve more than 60,000 meals per day during the Games. There are 1,800 square metres of gym space, which will be open for athletes to use 24 hours a day. A multi-faith centre will cater to the religious needs of nearly all major religions.

Athletes at Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Village to be offered a taste of Brazil

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With final touches being put to the village, a training exercise with the volunteers who will work there has been planned for next week. "Having a well-prepared team is fundamental to the success of the village," said Mario Cilenti, director of the village.

Meet the Mayor

Brazilian basketball star Janeth Arcain has been appointed to the role of mayor of the village. Her main duties will be welcoming athletes and officials to the village and ensuring that everything is in place so they can compete to their highest level. A world champion with the Brazilian national side in 2004, Arcain picked up an Olympic silver medal at Atlanta 1996 and bronze at Sydney 2000. "For me, taking on this role is like winning a medal," she said.

No other woman has scored more Olympic basketball points than Arcain. She was also the first Brazilian woman to play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in the USA, where she won four championships with the Houston Comets. In 2015, Arcain joined the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Away from the courts, in 2002 she established the Instituto Janeth Arcain, which each year provides about 700 children with access to sporting opportunities.

JiN3l33h.jpgArcain in action at Athens 2004, where she won a silver medal (Photo: Getty Images/Michael Steele)

https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/rio-2016-unveils-athletes-village-to-mark-olympic-day

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Does everyone get the same size bed or will basketball players get bigger/longer beds?

All beds have 2m, but there's a 30cm extension for Basketball / volley players

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That's why the Olympic Games are a never-ending money sinkhole -- each city makes the Olympic Village bigger and more bombastic than the last. How about making a smaller village and telling the IOC, "No, we can only house 10,000 athletes"?

Uuuh, I don't know Baron, maybe because they will be turned onto residential buildings after the Olympics?

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