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"We are ready to host the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees", says Rio 2016™director

Representatives of the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees from Europe and Africa had access to updates on the Rio 2016™ project and to the Rio 2016™ Pre-Games Training Camps Guide

Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee organised last Tuesday morning at Somerset House, in London, the second meeting with representatives of the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees.

The officers of the Olympic and Paralympic Committees of European and African countries which attended the event had the opportunity to know the project updates and received from Rio 2016™ the Rio 2016™ Pre-Games Training Camps Guide. The Olympic Committees of Asia, Oceania and Americas received the material at the first meeting held Monday 30 July.

The presentations were held by the Sport Director Agberto Guimarães and Mario Cilenti, NOC/NPC Relations and Services Director.

"Rio 2016™ is already in operation, and is ready to host the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees. “These meetings are also part of the Games delivery and a crucialtool to develop a solidrelationship between the Organising Committee and the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees", saidMario Cilenti.

In addition to the Rio 2016™ Pre-Games Training Camps Guides, the participants also received promotional material sent by the local authorities selected to take part in the Pre-Games training programme.

During the meetings, Rio Exchange, an exclusive extranet platform for information exchange between the representatives of Rio 2016™ and the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, was launched.

The secretary general of the Albania National Olympic Committee, Stavri Bello, commented that Rio is going in the right direction to offer the world a great show.

"The presentation was wonderful, and we expect great Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The preparation is perfect and people are very pleasant", he affirmed.

As an online tool, Rio 2016™ Pre-Games Training Camps Guide may undergo updates until 2016, thereby allowing to extend the benefits brought about the Olympic Games to new venues which failed to accomplish all stages of the registration and selection process. The CONs representatives also received brochures describing each Brazilian region.


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Paralympic Pre-Games Training Camps Guide is presented in London


he Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee took the opportunity of the Paralympic Games’ occasion to launch the Pre-Games Paralympic Training Camps Guide with a series of breakfast meetings for the National Paralympic Committees (CPNs) members. The first round was held last Saturday at Casa Brasil, located at Somerset House.

The Sports director of Rio 2016™, Agberto Guimarães, explained the process which selected more than 170 sport venues in over 70 cities in the five Brazilian regions for receiving the National Olympic Committees (CONs) and National Paralympic Committees (CPNs) for the 2016 Pre-Games training camps periods. The selection of the venues that are suitable for hosting Olympic delegations during the 2016 Olympic Pre-Games training periods resulted from a registration and selection process of 12 months, which took into consideration the technical requisites and recommendations from the International Sports Federations. Other assessment criteria were applied, such as accesses to the venue, distance from domestic airports and hotel and hospital infrastructure available in its surroundings.



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The British Olympic Association visits Rio 2016™ and tours Pre-Games Training Camps sites


As expected, the conclusion of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games has drawn even more attention to the Marvellous City. Since the end of the Games, operational work relating to client relationships and reception for the Rio 2016™ Games has already started for the Relations area, the area also responsible for the Olympic Village, which is now working with the National Olympic Committees (NOC) and the National Paralympic Committees (NPC).

Last week, the British Olympic Association visited in Rio de Janeiro and was informed on recent developments for the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games project. The group also visited the construction site of the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the subsequent Games.


“It is important to strengthen ties with the Olympic and Paralympic Committees. Through them we can better understand the needs of the athletes, who are the stars of the Games, from now until 2016. During each visit, the NOCs and NPCs provide us with information on their specific areas of interest. We organise a presentation on the Rio 2016™ project and on the Pre-Games Training Camps. Other areas prepare specific presentations on themes relating to areas of interest of the NOCs or NPCs,” explained Mario Cilenti, Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Village and NOC/NPC Relations and Services Director.

Since the beginning of the year, Rio 2016™ has hosted seven visiting National Olympic Committees in the city. In addition to the British NOC, NOCs from Canada, Australia, Holland, the United States, Denmark and Switzerland have also visited Rio de Janeiro.

After visiting the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games host city, the representatives from Great Britain went to see some of the sites for the Pre-Games Training Camps located in other cities in Brazil.

Along with Director of Games Services Mark England, Olympic Programme Director Kate O’Sullivan and Head of Summer Sport Engagement at the British Olympic Association Tanya Harris, British representatives from the sports federations of boxing, fencing, gymnastics, hockey and swimming also participated in the visit to Brazil.

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Team GB choose Belo Horizonte for Rio 2016 camp British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt insisted being the 'most local non-local team' at the Rio 2016 Olympics was the key decision behind their choice of Belo Horizonte for the team's preparation camp.

The BOA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Minas Tenis Clube to host Britain's athletes prior to the Rio Olympics beginning on August 5, 2016 and also during the Games.

With the help of team leaders from aquatics, basketball, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, hockey and rowing, the BOA scouted potential locations elsewhere in Brazil as well as across South America.

Belo Horizonte is a 45-minute flight away from Rio and follows on from Macau prior to Beijing 2008, Cyprus prior to Athens 2004 and the Gold Coast prior to Sydney 2000 as the BOA's choice of preparation camp.

The facilities at the Minas Tenis Clube include numerous indoor sports halls and gyms while the swimming pool hosted the FINA World Cup in 2008 and the lake on location can be used for rowing, canoeing and triathlon.

The Minas Tenis Clube was responsible for producing five of Brazil's 17 medals at the London 2012 and Hunt admitted the close proximity of Belo Horizonte to the Rio was one of several vital factors behind the decision.

"Getting your pre-Games training and preparation environment right is absolutely essential to the success of an Olympic team on foreign soil," said Hunt.

"Today's announcement represents another major step forward in our operational planning and preparation for Team GB ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics and a key part of our ambition to be the 'most local non-local team' at the 2016 Games.

"We were very impressed with the breadth of world-class sporting facilities available at the Minas Tenis Clube, and equally pleased with the professionalism, friendship and warm welcome we received.

"We understand that for some sports the priority will be the final stages of training and fine-tuning their performance needs, while for others the focus will be on acclimatisation and gaining sufficient rest and relaxation immediately prior to the Games.

"We are confident that the MTC environment will offer the flexibility required by Team GB's sports and we look forward to developing our relationship with President Sergio Bruno Zech Coelho and his team at the MTC as we expand and build upon our detailed planning for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games."


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Barbados offers to host athletes preparing for Rio Olympics

Bridgetown (Barbados): Sports Minister Stephen Lashley is seeking to promote Barbados as an ideal transition training ground for athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Lashley made this assertion in a keynote address to the Pan American Sports Organization’s (PASO) executive meeting at the Hilton Barbados on Monday.

Lashley explained that both Barbados and Brazil offered similar climatic conditions as well as excellent sporting facilities.

"In Barbados, we have recently installed a Mondo track at our National Stadium," the sports minister pointed out.

“Another track is nearing completion at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus; we also have Olympic standard swimming facilities and a gymnasium that caters to multiple indoors sports... and our beautiful shores can accommodate canoeing and other water sports."

The sports minister suggested that Barbados needed to create the “necessary pull activities” to fully benefit from sports tourism.

He said his country has begun to review a programme of activities and is hoping to gain the support of PASO as well as the Barbados Olympic Association and the National Sports Council.


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Flamengo strike deal with US Olympic team

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 30 (IANS) The US Olympic Committee has signed a $1 million deal with Brazilian football club Flamengo to help American athletes prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Under terms of the agreement, the USOC will pay for improvements to Flamengo's training facilities which the US will in turn use during Olympics and Paralympics, reports Xinhua.

"We are looking forward to investing in the long-term success of Flamengo and are confident that our athletes will have everything they need to do well at the Rio 2016 Olympics," USOC's performance chief Alan Ashley said Thursday.

The financial pledge could rise to as much as $4 million if all projects are approved. The facilities will be built at Flamengo's current training base here in Gavea. Proposals include a new aquatic park, rowing centre, martial arts gym, tennis courts and refurbished dressing rooms.

"This is a historic occasion and is in line with our efforts to restructure Flamengo," the club's Olympic sports director Alexandre Povoa said.


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Belo Horizonte and British Olympic Association sign agreement for Team GB to prepare in the city in lead up to Rio 2016 Olympic Games

British Olympic Committee: Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 16th October 2013: The City of Belo Horizonte and the State Government of Minas Gerais have today signed a landmark agreement with the British Olympic Association [bOA] that will see Team GB train, prepare and acclimatise in the Brazilian city in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The official Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] was signed today by BOA Chairman, Lord Sebastian Coe, Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Marcio Lacerda and State Governor of Minas Gerais, Antônio Anastasia. The agreement includes a commitment by all parties to create a programme for exchanging cultural experiences and expertise to help ensure a lasting legacy of international sporting events for the region.

The signing took place at Minas Tênis Clube - the state of the art, multi-purpose sports facility that Team GB athletes will use as their training base in the city.

Ideally located in the centre of Brazil and only a one hour flight from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, Belo Horizonte is home to one of the first stadia to be ready for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and will host six matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, including a Semi-Final.

Today’s signing now confirms Belo Horizonte as a major city in the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a major centre in the delivery of the world’s two biggest sporting events.

Marcio Lacerda, Mayor of Belo Horizonte, said: “We are honoured and delighted that Lord Coe and the BOA have chosen to base themselves in Belo Horizonte as they train and prepare for Rio 2016.

“Our preparations for next year’s FIFA World Cup are going extremely well and today’s announcement shows that we are already planning our next steps for the benefit of the city and our people by welcoming the British Olympic Association to Belo Horizonte.

“This is a great moment for our city and we will ensure that every member of Team GB are welcomed with open arms and provided with the best facilities and support to help them prepare for the biggest moments of their sporting lives.”

Lord Sebastian Coe, BOA Chairman, said: “It is a great pleasure to be here in Belo Horizonte at Minas Tênis Clube to forge our new partnership with the club, the city and the state of Minas Gerais. We believe we have found the best possible environment for our athletes to prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and all the partners have shown their commitment to understanding and meeting our needs.

“This is a very exciting day for Team GB and an important moment as we build the bridge from London 2012 to Rio 2016. A great deal of work has already gone in to get us to this stage of our planning for the Games and we are looking forward to a close working relationship with all of our local partners and friends here in Belo Horizonte.”

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Australia reveals Rio 2016 Olympic, Paralympic team base

Canberra, Nov 7 (IANS) The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has announced the nation's teams competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics will be based at Espaco Rio during the Games. The venue, which will be called "The Edge", is just 1.3 kilometres away from the Olympic Village and will provide medical, physio, recovery, sport science and nutrition facilities for the squads, reports Xinhua.

It features two small pools, two half-size football fields, a half-size basketball court, three large indoor halls, offices and a commercial kitchen.

Australia will have exclusive use of the facility, after beating bids from the French and Russian Olympic Committees.

The facility will also host Australian Olympic team inductions and once the Olympic Games finish Aug 21, 2016, the AOC will hand the space over to the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC), which will continue working there with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for the duration of the Paralympics Sep 7 to 18.

"This is another strong example of the AOC, APC and AIS collaborating on Campaign Rio - an initiative aimed at being the 'Best planned; Best prepared; Best performed' Team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," the AOC said in a statement.


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