Three months after the “marvellous” Olympic Games Rio 2016, the organisers were in the future host city of Tokyo this week to pass on their experiences. Representatives of the Tokyo 2020, PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022 Organising Committees and the 2024 Candidate Cities were also there to listen, as well as to learn the lessons from their experiences.
The International Olympic Committee has agreed to add baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing to the sports programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The decision by the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro was the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history.
Brazil is getting ready to hold the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America, with the opening ceremony just ten days away. Following the success of the 2014 World Cup, the country has already shown that Brazil is a culturally rich country, with a friendly and welcoming population.
LATAM Airlines Brazil has put in place more than 100 special operational measures to ensure efficient services for spectators and delegations during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The strategy was developed over the past year by a multi-disciplinary team comprising people from various areas of the company.
Embratur - the Brazilian Tourism Board - has said that there is no discussion of the possibility to postpone or cancel the 2016 Rio Olympic Games following the spread of the Zika virus. Embratur and other Brazilian government agencies are guided by the recommendations of the World Health Organization, which has argued that delaying the games does not alter the spread of the virus.
International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission chair Nawal El Moutawakel has backed Brazil and the Brazilians to deliver successful Olympic Games this August. The news comes at the close of the tenth and final IOC Coordination Commission visit to Rio de Janeiro. Her statement came after three days of meetings in the Brazilian host city, which included a venue tour of the Olympic Park and Deodoro sites, a meeting with the three levels of government (federal, state, and city), and presentations by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee on the status of the preparations.
British Airways has been appointed as the official airline partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB, ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. With a long history in supporting the national teams, British Airways will ensure the medallist hopefuls arrive refreshed and ready to compete.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has congratulated the government of Brazil for adopting new policies that exempt tourist visas for citizens from the US, Australia, Canada and Japan during Brazil’s hosting of the 2016 Olympics. The exemptions will be in place from June 1st until September 18th this year.
The first train for Rio’s new Light Rail system has just arrived in Rio for testing, as part of Brazil’s investment in public infrastructure ahead of the 2016 Olympics. With over 480,000 tourists predicted to descend on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic & Paralympic Games next summer, the Light Rail will carry approximately 285,000 tourists every day, easing the pressure on the city’s other transport systems.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and French president François Hollande met again earlier at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. On the agenda is a possible French Olympic bid from Paris for the Olympic Games 2024. Paris moved a step closer to bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games earlier this month after the city council adopted a resolution in favour of hosting the Games.
It’s confirmed. In addition to Rio de Janeiro, five other Brazilian cities will stage the 2016 Olympic Games and host the men’s and women’s football matches. The 58 matches will be played in Belo Horizonte (Mineirão), Brasília (Estádio Mané Garrincha), Manaus (Arena Amazônia), Rio de Janeiro (Maracanã and the Olympic Stadium), Salvador (Arena Fonte Nova) and São Paulo (Arena Corinthians), totalling six cities and seven stadiums.
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has granted provisional recognition to the Kosovo Olympic Committee and proposed that the NOC be granted full recognition at the next IOC Session to be held in December in Monaco. The NOC of Kosovo was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated National Federations, 13 of which are Olympic sports federations.