The Olympic’ spirit in the air!
RIO 2016 starts August 5th
By Danielle Marinho
Now it´s true. The hole world´s looking for 2016 Olympics Games, from August 5 to 21, to be held in the well-known city of Christ of the Redeemer, the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro.
The Rio 2016 Games will be the best opportunity for sports fans to see the elite of world sport up close and all in one place. There will be 42 sport disciplines, more than 306 events, 37 different venues receiving 206 different countries.
As we expect, the super-coveted tickets to see stars like Michael Phelps, US Basketball team, Brazilian Volleyball team, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, for example, have sold out. Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man will want a repeat performance of his scintillating form at the previous two Games and to defend his gold medals in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay. Michael Phelps and Neymar are some of the most expected athletes to perform in Rio. And there is much more.
During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, country hospitality houses in the host city serve several purposes. For athletes and sports officials, they offer a temporary home away from their country – a place where they can celebrate their achievements and triumphs and enjoy food and drink from home. For fans and tourists, the houses present an unmissable opportunity to watch the Olympic action on big screens, explore the culture of the participating countries and meet athletes off the field and in person, all in a unique, once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere.
Photo: These letters spelling ‘Olympic City’ in Praça Mauá have become a favorite spot for selfies (Photo: Rio 2016/Daniel Ramalho)
The officially opened its Olympic Village to the world’s best athletes on Sunday (24 July) as organizers stressed that any outstanding issues would be resolved within 48 hours. With 31 buildings and 3,604 apartments, the village will host more than 17,000 athletes and officials during its peak times. Built in the neighborhood of Recreio dos Bandeirantes in the west of Rio, it is close to Barra Olympic Park, the main venue cluster. About 900 people from 66 different National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were already in the village by Sunday afternoon, including about 200 athletes from 20 different countries, including Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands.
Photo: Barra / Olympic park – Getty Images
The competition venues will be clustered in four zones – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã – and connected by a high-performance transport ring. Nearly half of the athletes will be able to reach their venues in less than 10 minutes, and almost 75 per cent will do so in less than 25 minutes. Of the 34 competition venues, of which 18 are already operational, eight will undergo some permanent works, seven will be totally temporary and nine are being constructed as permanent legacy venues.
Rio 2016 will be an opportunity to deliver the broader aspirations for the long-term future of the city, region and country – an opportunity to hasten the transformation of Rio de Janeiro into an even greater global city.
With less than one week to go until the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Olympic spirit can be already felt on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.