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.
This week marked the official start of LATAM Airlines Brazil’s special operation for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games throughout Brazil’s main airports. A total of more than 100 special operational initiatives were developed to efficiently serve the fans and delegations, and maintain service quality for all passengers travelling with the airline in the months of August and September.
This summer, British sporting enthusiasts can experience the action live from Rio de Janeiro, with convenient connections to Brazil from four UK airports when travelling with American Airlines. The world’s largest airline, American, has serviced Brazil for 26 years, and offers daily flights to five destinations across the country including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo Belo Horizonte, Brasilia and Manaus.
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.
TAP Portugal has showcased the country’s athletes in the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games by launching a new safety video. The Portuguese Olympic Committee’s official carrier will show the video on all of its long-haul aircraft. The video is released the year that TAP, the leading airline to Brazil, commemorates 50 years of flights to Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games.
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.
LATAM Airlines has successfully carried the Olympic flame from Switzerland to Brazil and will now aid the transport of the torch on a relay across the country. The aircraft used for the delivery was the first to feature LATAM Airlines’ new logo and the aircraft also featured a special trademark identifying it as the carrier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.
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.
Airbnb has confirmed it will act as the official “alternative accommodation services supplier” for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games. The games will take place in Rio de Janeiro next summer. It is the first time the company has signed on as an official partner for the Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee has awarded the broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa to Infront Sports & Media AG for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 in Nanjing, China. Infront has acquired exclusive broadcast rights on free to air television and non-exclusive internet and mobile broadcast rights.
Wrapping-up its fifth visit to Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission, underlined the strong progress being made to deliver a lasting legacy from the 2016 Games. With less than three years remaining until the Games begin, the Organising Committee and its government partners were able to show the Commission that legacy planning and its delivery were well underway.