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The Olympic legacy begins with Games venue inspiring next generation

An Olympic venue in Rio has hosted the first sporting event since end of the Rio 2016 Games, signaling the start of the post-Games legacy.


In October, the slalom canoe course, located at the Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio’s western zone, welcomed 50 athletes from seven countries as part of an annual three-day Pan-American Championship.

It is hoped that the event, and subsequent use of the sports facility by the local community, will help grow the popularity and participation of slalom canoeing in Brazil and across South America.

“Our intention, in partnership with the Ministry of Sports and the City Hall, is to turn this venue into a great place to practice and to discover new talent in the sport,” said John Tomasini Schwertner, President of the Brazilian Canoeing Federation (ICF). “This is the first step to transform the Canal River into one of the main practice sites of slalom worldwide.”

The Pan-American Championship included the men’s K1, C1 and C2 and women’s C1 categories, and other junior and senior categories. The host nation enjoyed double gold success in the men’s and women’s K1, with Pedro Henrique Goncalves and Ana Sátila winning their respective events.

Gonçalves, who won a silver medal in last year’s Pan American Games in Toronto, and who finished in an unprecedented sixth place in the final of the men’s K1 slalom during the Olympic Games, Brazil’s highest ever position, said the course was "the best in the world,”. He now hopes others will be inspired.

" I want to take the Brazilian canoeing to the top of the world and inspire young athletes coming through,” said Gonçalves. "I'm sure we have hidden talents in the communities near the X-Park. With a place like this, a moment of leisure can be the first step towards a sports career.

There was further joy for the home nation in the men's C1, with Brazilian duo Charles Correa and Felipe Borges winning silver and bronze respectively. In the women's C1, Sátila returned to the water and added another gold while compatriots Charles Correa and Anderson Oliveira also won gold, and Maicon Borba et Carlos Moraes silver, in the C2. The Brazilian team won 11 gold medals in total.

With the post-Games legacy now under way, Schwertner is now looking to “turn Deodoro into one of the major development centers of world slalom canoeing," in an effort to attract more talent.

The Canoe Slalom venue was reopened to the public as a swimming pool in September, just weeks after the Games ended on 21 August. Deodoro ­also includes a BMX track and has been designed specifically to provide green space in the area and to give the local community more access to sport and leisure facilities.

The venue was the Games’ second-largest sporting complex behind the Barra Olympic Park. It hosted the equestrian, mountain biking, BMX, modern pentathlon, shooting, canoeing, hockey, rugby and basketball competitions. It also hosted the 7-a-side football, shooting, equestrian and fencing events at the Paralympic Games.





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Future host cities ready to draw inspiration from ‘marvellous’ Rio Games

The IOC Debriefing Olympic Games Rio 2016 got underway on 28 November in Tokyo, the host city of the next edition of the Games of the Olympiad. Organised by the IOC, the event has brought 25 members of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to the Japanese capital in order to share their knowledge and experience with representatives from future Olympic host cities.


Attending the Debriefing are approximately 500 delegates from Tokyo 2020, 25 from PyeongChang 2018, 17 from Beijing 2022 and five from each of the 2024 candidate cities. The event is designed for them to learn and share based on the experience of Rio 2016, from the seven years of preparation to the delivery of the 16 days of competition and the ongoing process of securing the post-Games legacy.

The IOC President, Thomas Bach, delivered a message via video to the opening day’s plenary session. In his message, the IOC President pointed out that half the world’s population had tuned into Olympic coverage: “We had an increase of 75% of produced broadcast hours compared to London 2012. We had 5 billion impressions on our social media platforms.” He went on to say: “These were marvellous Games in the Marvellous City. Hopefully, you can carry the inspiration and energy that we saw in Brazil to the next host cities.”

“Amazing”, was how Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman described the hosting process. “Brazil had enormous pride in this moment,” he said. “We won the Games for the transformation, and Rio delivered history.”

Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, echoed his compatriot’s view, highlighting the dramatic transformation of his city as a result of hosting the Games. “There is one Rio before the Games and one Rio after the Games, and this is what I'm sure will happen to Tokyo.”


IOC Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel expanded on the transformational influence that the Games had exerted on the host city. “The 2016 Games became a catalyst for urban development, which has spurred investment in Rio that would otherwise not have happened,” she said.

“The improvements in the city's infrastructure are a good example. In just seven years, the number of people with access to good quality public transport increased from just 18 per cent in 2009, when Rio was elected, to 63 per cent in 2016. There are now four new rapid bus lines, a better rail service and a new light rail system, as well as improved airports.

“The IOC actively supports efforts in social development as part of its overall engagement and as part of the Olympic legacy, and one example is Rio’s Transforma education programme,” continued El Moutawakel. “This took sport to more than 12,000 schools across Brazil, and encouraged more than six million young people to lead healthier lifestyles.”

Tokyo 2020 President Toshiro Mori said that the Japanese capital would certainly draw inspiration from the 2016 Games: “I believe that Rio 2016 was a superb Games which conveyed the passion of Brazil to the rest of the world.” He added that he was very much “looking forward to learning from the experiences of the Rio 2016 Games.”

Meanwhile, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who received the Olympic flag from Mayor Paes during the 2016 Closing Ceremony, expressed her admiration for everything that had been achieved by the organisers of the Rio Games.

“I have the deepest respect for your hard work,” she told the Rio delegates. “I clearly remember sensing the full weight of responsibility as it became Tokyo's turn to host the Games, and we will firmly apply the Rio experience and advance thorough preparations for the success of the 2020 Games.”



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These things never seem to go 100% smoothly ...


Prefeitura do Rio cancela processo de licitação do Parque Olímpico da Barra

Segue indefinido o futuro do Parque Olímpico da Barra. A Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro cancelou o processo de licitação da principal área dos Jogos Olímpicos e Paralímpicos de 2016 porque a única empresa que havia feito proposta para a exploração da área não conseguiu apresentar as garantias financeiras necessárias. Assim, um novo processo licitatório deverá ser aberto.

A decisão segue orientação da Secretaria Especial de Concessões e Parcerias Público-Privadas (Secpar), que recomendou o cancelamento da licitação. A Sanerio, que havia feito a proposta, ainda pode recorrer.



Rio City Hall cancels bidding process for Barra Olympic Park

The future of the Barra Olympic Park remains undefined. Rio de Janeiro City Hall cancelled the bidding process for the principal site of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games because the only company that had made a proposal for future development of the area was unable to provide the necessary financial guarantees. Therefore, a new bidding process needs to be opened.
The decision follows the guidance of the Special Secretariat for Concessions and Public-Private Partnerships (Secpar), which recommended the cancellation of the bidding. Sanerio, which had made a proposal, can still appeal.

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Also on the topic of the Rio legacy, a new article in The Guardian:



What is Rio’s Olympic legacy?

Dom Phillips

Tuesday 20 December 2016



...  In the end, the Olympics were a success – at least on television, and here in Barra de Tijuca, an upscale west Rio suburb of condominiums, malls and freeways, many saw them as a boon. Barra’s Olympic hub benefited from a new metro line and BRT routes connecting it to the rest of the city. “The transport works really well,” says Walfredo Heringer, 68, as security buzzes him into the gated condominium opposite the Olympic park, where he lives. “It improved the real-estate market.”

But working-class Brazilians commuting from far-flung, lower-income areas to work in Barra say the Olympics brought them few tangible benefits. ...


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Brazil gov't takes over Olympic Park after Rio fails to woo private bidder


Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes on Friday handed over management of the Olympic Park to Brazil's federal Sports Ministry after a failed effort to attract a private bidder to operate the sporting facilities.

The mayor's office had pledged to award the rights to manage the Olympic facilities to a private company for 25 years to ensure public funds would not be used to cover high maintenance costs.

But due to a lack of interest, the Brazilian government has taken over management of facilities including the Carioca Arena 1 and 2 indoor stadiums, the Velodrome, the Olympic Tennis Center, and the Aquatics Stadium, although the latter will be dismantled because another Olympic-sized pool is located very nearby.

Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani said at a ceremony Friday that the entire Olympic Park would be transformed into a sports/recreation area, as well as a training ground for elite athletes.



A view of the Wall of Champions at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro. That facility was turned over the federal government on Dec. 23, 2016, after a failed effort to find a private bidder to manage the facilities for 25 years. EFE



A young skateboarder tests his skills at the Olympic Park, which was opened for the first time since the Olympics on Dec. 23, 2016. The park was turned over to the Brazilian federal government after the city of Rio de Janeiro failed to attract a private bidder to manage the facilities. EFE



Youths play volleyball on Dec. 23, 2016, at Rio's Olympic Park, which has been handed over to Brazil's federal government after the city was unable to attract a private bidder to manage the facilities for 25 years. EFE/Marcelo Sayão



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Brazil sees record number of tourists in 2016, boosted by Olympics



Brazil saw a record number of international tourists in 2016, boosted by the first Olympic Games held in South America, official data showed on Wednesday.

A total 6.6 million international travellers visited Brazil last year, the tourism ministry said, 4.8 percent higher than the year before.

They injected $6.2 billion into the Brazilian economy, compared to $5.84 billion in 2015.


Brazil is the most popular destination in Latin America but lags far behind the world's top 10 popular destinations, according to United Nations figures for 2015. France was the world's most popular tourist destination in the world with 84.5 million visitors in 2015, the United Nations said.

"We still have a lot to do to benefit in an efficient manner from the image legacy of the Olympic Games," Brazil's Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão said in a statement.

Of those who visited Brazil last year, 95 percent intended to return, according to a tourism ministry survey.



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Brazil's Maracana stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics, was plunged into darkness on Thursday after the electricity was cut off due to unpaid bills.

"Light cut the power to the Maracana this morning," a statement from the power company said. "The bills are behind since October."

The total debt is around 3 million reais ($939,937) with 1.3 million owed by the current owners, a consortium led by construction company Odebrecht, Light said. Another 1.7 million is owed by the organisers of Rio 2016.

More @ http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N1FG16X

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1 hour ago, Rob. said:

Brazil's Maracana stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics, was plunged into darkness on Thursday after the electricity was cut off due to unpaid bills.

"Light cut the power to the Maracana this morning," a statement from the power company said. "The bills are behind since October."

The total debt is around 3 million reais ($939,937) with 1.3 million owed by the current owners, a consortium led by construction company Odebrecht, Light said. Another 1.7 million is owed by the organisers of Rio 2016.

More @ http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N1FG16X

In some respects, I'm surprised Rio 2016 owes so little- they used the stadium about 10 times for public events over the late summer, but they tied it up completely from mid-May onward.

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Future of Temporary Pools Used for Rio Olympics Revealed

Photo Courtesy: David Rieder

Temporary pools home to amazing races and warm ups during the Olympics are currently moving to their new – permanent –  destinations in different areas of Brazil.

The news concerning the deterioration of Olympics’ sports facilities after the Games, including the swimming pools completed for the event, was partially incorrect.

Footage shot clearly shows that the Rio 2016 temporary pools, completed by the Italian company Myrtha Pools, have already been dismantled and are ready to be sent to other venues for permanent installation before the end of the year.

That’s the Myrtha Technology advantage. A winning strategy to avoid the risk of the pool becoming a white elephant. In fact, Myrtha Technology gives the opportunity to set up a temporary pool, no matter where, including in existing venues, and dismantle it right after the event. Materials can then be re-used for a permanent installation where the pools can serve the communities and not turn into obsolete facilities.



Photo Courtesy: Myrtha Pools


Thanks to this technology, pools can represent a true legacy for the city hosting the International Competition as they can move and install the pool in a different location where it is actually needed, without wasting money and materials and with an eco-friendly touch.

Such is the case of the pool, home to competitions at the Olympic Stadium, which will be brought back to new life in Fortaleza do Sao Joao, Rio de Janeiro, in a military base on the slopes of Sugarloaf, where it will be reassembled preserving the original size: 50x25x3 meters.

A similar future awaits the Water Polo pool (14x25x3 meters), installed during the Games just outside the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre and soon to be moved to Manaus, where it will turn into a 50 meter pool.

The two “twin pools”, two temporary 50x25x2 meters at the Parque dos Atletas, have already been dismantled. The first one will be delivered to a military base in Guarantiguetà, not far from San Paolo, for military competitions, while the other one will go to Salvador de Bahía as the heart of a new public facility for the community.

The final location for the Olympic Stadium warm-up pool is yet to be decided. However the pool has already been dismantled and is currently owned by Rio de Janeiro municipality.

Press release courtesy of Myrtha Pools.


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Rio 2016 sets new standards for legacy planning

Watched by an audience in the billions and relayed around the globe by record-breaking media coverage and unprecedented levels of digital engagement, the athletes of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 inspired the world with their athletic achievements.  Against a backdrop of economic, political and social challenges, Rio 2016 also set new standards for legacy planning with a number of projects already leaving an important heritage to the city and its citizens.

Legacy planning for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro did not start when the Olympic flame was extinguished on 21 August 2016 in the Maracanã Stadium, it began long before that - before the city was even awarded the Games. Legacy figured prominently in all of the activities linked to the Games and today, we can already see many examples of that planning becoming a reality.

From urban development, to economics, to social, to environmental, to youth and sporting legacies, the Olympic Games Rio 2016 has positively impacted the lives of Cariocas and Brazilians in a myriad of ways. The following factsheet provides a brief look at just some of the ways that Rio 2016 made the world a better place through sport.

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Elefante branco da Olimpíada, Complexo Esportivo de Deodoro pode ser reaberto em setembro

Metro Rio, 10 Jul 2017

[translated extract:]

Faced with the total abandonment and lack of use of most of the constructions made for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the Sports Committee of the Chamber of Deputies visited the Deodoro Sports Complex to try to give a social use to the place.

Sports undersecretary Patricia Amorim promised parliamentarians to reopen the complex in September.



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6 August 2017, almost exactly a year after the Games opened:


The Dixons – Eloise and Maxwell and their three young daughters – were looking for a rest and a restaurant on the long drive from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty, a colonial tourist town farther down Rio state’s “Green Coast”. They were nine miles from the port of Angra dos Reis, and had no idea that armed men were manning a drug sales point on the stone steps that climb steeply up a narrow alley that faces the graffiti.

The men opened fire, hitting Eloise twice, shooting out two tyres, and leaving bullet holes in her passenger door and headrest. She survived and, a day later, was eating, drinking and walking. The family declined to speak to media, and have since left the town. But Angra may take longer to recover.

“The shot that hit the tourist hit the whole population,” said Carlos Vasconcelos, president of the Angra Tourism Foundation.


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