Six years until Rio 2016

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The Rio 2016 Organising Committee celebrated six years to go until the opening ceremony of the first South American Olympic Games on 5 August 2010.

To mark the date, Rio 2016 announced the creation of a Sports Advisory Committee, gathering a team of athletes and coaches with the aim of using their experience in areas such as promotion and legacy. The honorary president of the Sports Advisory Committee will be International Olympic Committee dean, João Havelange. Working with professionals in the sports field was mirrored from the experience of the London 2012 Games organisation. "That is the example we want to follow. It will be fundamental to count on the collaboration of who acted or is acting in the competition field. This group has extensive experience and will advise us mostly on what concerns the sports facilities and the Olympic Village, " explained Rio 2016 Committee president, Carlos Arthur Nuzman. Fourteen people have already joined the Sports Advisory Committee: Adriana Samuel (beach volley), @lvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto (equestrian), Bernard Rajzman (volleyball), Bernardo Resende (volleyball), Carlos Alberto Parreira (football), Daniel Dias (swimming), Gustavo Kuerten (tennis), Janeth Arcain (basketball), Joaquim Cruz (athletics), Marcelo Ferreira (sailing), Marcelo Vido (basketball), Maurren Maggi (athletics), Ricardo Prado (swimming) e RosiclÉia Campos (judo). Rio 2016 Committee sports director, Agberto Guimarães will be the Rio 2016 representative on the Council, and Bernard Rajzman will represent the Athletes Commission of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, which he already presides over. The Rio 2016 Sports Advisory Committee will hold regular meetings and its members will directly cooperate with the Sports and Infrastructure departments of the Rio 2016 Committee. They will also promote the Rio 2016 Games in events in Brazil and abroad. During the event to celebrate the six year milestone, Carlos Nuzman made a presentation of the works already accomplished by the Organising Committee and highlighted the "unequivocal demonstration of the commitment and political eagerness of the Federal, State and Municipal governments in the accomplishment of the International Olympic Committee established plan". Governor SÉrgio Cabral, highlighted the Rio 2016 Games legacy. " We are building the 2016 generation, which will have a much better life quality and will live in a much better city. This is going to be a great legacy for the next generations. And when I talk about legacy, I do not only refer to sports facilities. The Games will cause a real transformation in the city, not only in transport and sanitation, but also in education, security, to mention just a few examples". Rio de Janeiro Mayor, Eduardo Paes, also saluted the date. "The preparation of the city has already begun. Infrastructure works, new transport corridors and the revitalisation of the Docks Area are in full steam. We are going to deliver to the athletes a city in accordance with the Olympics, and for the 'cariocas' a transformed Rio, with better services and more life quality. "Sports minister, Orlando Silva, said that Brazil is preparing to deliver the best Games of all times, and highlighted the role of sports" as a tool to create links between peoples and nations of the whole world".

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