Rio 2016; IOC tells Rio 2016 that there is not a moment to lose


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The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today wrapped up its sixth visit to the Brazilian host city (19-21 March) with a clear message to the organisers that every second counts.

With just over two years to go until the Games open on 5 August 2016, the Commission indicated that a constant, concerted and integrated effort is required for the successful delivery of the Games and their legacy.

The Commission acknowledged the progress made in a number of areas since its last visit in September 2013 and IOC President Bach’s visit in February 2014, such as the finalisation of the overall venue master plan, the validation of Rio 2016’s lifetime budget, and the integration of the federal government’s efforts under President Rousseff’s Chief of Staff, Aloizio Mercadante.

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Rio 2016; Transportation system

In 2016, thousands of tourists from Brazil and abroad will arrive in Rio de Janeiro to follow the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the events take place in four different zones — Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracanã — a fast and efficient transportation system is crucial to ensure that visitors, athletes and residents alike do not miss a single moment of competition. The BRTs (Bus Rapid Transit) were created to shorten these distances and reduce travel time throughout the city.

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Rio 2016; Font

©Rio 2016
©Rio 2016


The design of the Rio 2016 font depicts the essence of the Olympic and Paralympic emblems: Passion and Transformation. The boldness of this creation is not only in the design, but also in its importance for the design market in Brazil. The Rio 2016 font is one of only a few bespoke fonts created by a Brazilian team.

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©Rio 2016 / Dalton Maag


Rio 2016; What will happen in 2014

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Olympic Hall 4 – Photo: EOM / Rio2016 looks forward to 2014. Some of the highlights:


The Rio de Janeiro City Government will open the second of the four new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines. The Transcarioca is a 39km express bus corridor linking the Barra da Tijuca (the neighbourhood which will be the heart of the Games) to Rio de Janeiro International Airport.

An another important improvement to the city’s public transport system will enter construction this year. The Light Rail Transit (LRT) will link Rio’s main coach station with the city centre, revitalised port area, Santos Dumont Airport, ferry terminal and the new Morro da Providência cable car.

Look of the Games

Rio de Janeiro will become even more beautiful thanks to the project to implement the ‘Look of the Games’ which will design the visual appearance of the entire city during the event. The presentation of this look is due to take place this year.

Test events

Rio de Janeiro has staged many international sport events in recent years and 2014 will continue the trend. The first athletes to get a taste of the Games will be the yachtsmen taking part in the Olympic sailing test event at Marina da Glória, from August 3 to 9.


With construction to be underway by the second half of this year, the new and renovated venues in the Deodoro zone will begin to take shape. At Barra Olympic Park, the Velodrome, Olympic Hall 4 and Olympic Aquatics Stadium are added to the list of sites under construction.

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Rio 2016; Sailing venue polluted


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Olympic sailing venue the ‘most polluted’

RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic sailors on Saturday checked out the venue for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Many didn’t like what they saw. “I’ve been sailing all over the world for 20 years now, and this is the most polluted place I’ve ever been,” said Allan Norregaard, a Danish bronze medalist in the 2012 London Olympics. “It’s really a shame because it’s a beautiful area and city, but the water is so polluted, so dirty and full of garbage.”

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