Rio 2016 celebrates progress

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On 2 October 2010, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee celebrated the year anniversary of being chosen to host the prestigious event with a ceremony at the Palacio da Cidade, one of Rio 2016's Town Hall headquarters.

At the event, Rio 2016 president, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, handed the Rio 2016 Olympic Bid Official Report to mayor Eduardo Paes; executive secretary for the Ministry of Sports, Waldemar de Sousa, who represented the Ministry of Sports, Orlando Silva; and Senator Regis Fichtner, who represented governor SÉrgio CabralThe delivery of the Official Report is one of the obligations of the Rio 2016 Committee with the International Olympic Committee. Comprising 233 pages, the document gives details of the Rio 2016 candidature from its Applicant City phase, in 2007, to its announced victory in Copenhagen, Denmark. The material includes dozens of pictures of the highlights of the campaign, testimonials from the main international consultants and a DVD with 10 videos. "At the celebration of a year of the selection of Rio de Janeiro as the host city for the 2016 Olympic Games, I would like to thank the three levels of government, the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, the athletes, the Rio 2016 Committee and BOC teams, the volunteers and everyone that helped us writing a unique page in the history of our country and our sport. I am happy with the way we are developing the work, which is totally up to date. For us, the Rio 2016 Games have already started, " said Nuzman. For mayor Eduardo Paes, 2 October can be celebrated as one more city anniversary date. "It's a day that shall never be forgotten. We will have a new Rio de Janeiro with the 2016 Games and this transformation has already started. The city now has a new role in the international scene and there were growth opportunities in different sectors, " he said. Waldemar de Sousa reminded that the IOC choice brought several challenges to the city, but also generated job and business opportunities. "The candidature was victorious for presenting a project with competence and quality. We fullfilled the IOC requirements and won the support of the Brazilians. Now, we will have the chance of promoting the Brazilian culture all over the world, " remarked the executive secretary for the Ministery of Sports. RÉgis Fischtner stated that the course charted during the candidature will be followed in the next phases of the Olympic Games organisation. "Competence, effort and unity will be the marks of this work, as during the candidature. October 2nd became a special date, imprinted in the memories of everyone. Let's welcome the world really well in 2016. " Three times Olympic medalist in sailing (gold in Atlanta 96 and Athens 2004; bronze in Sydney 2000), Marcelo Ferreira represented the athletes at the ceremony. RIO 2016 COMMITTEE – 1 YEAR OF VICTORYThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision was announced in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 October 2009, during the 121st Assembly of the entity. In the competition, Rio beat Chicago (United States), Madrid (Spain) and Tokyo (Japan). The party of thousands of people on Copacabana Beach symbolised the happiness that swept across Brazil. But the celebration of theRio 2016 Committee led to a lot of work less than 24 hours after the IOC announcement. After all, the journey to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was just beginning. Still in Copenhagen, Rio 2016 had its first meetings with the IOC. Back to Rio de Janeiro, it was possible to feel the satisfaction of the Brazilians with the historical achievement and, on 6 October the Olympic flag was already waving at the Town Hall. At the end of October 2009, the IOC was in Rio de Janeiro for the first time to hold the Orientation Seminar and discuss the challenges and the organisational operations for the Olympic Games with the three levels of government and the Rio 2016 Committee. During the event, IOC Olympic Games director, Gilbert Felli, stated that Rio was the city that started its organisational works for the Games the soonest. To end such a special year, another moment of celebration. At the Olympic Brazil Prize party, which had the achievement of the Rio 2016 Games as its main theme, president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made an emotional speech reminding the united and professional work done during the candidature phase. And the Brazilians one more time showed their excitement with the chance of receiving the biggest sports event on the planet: according to a Datafolha survey, the Brazilians appointed the selection of Rio as an Olympic Games host city as the best news of 2009. The year of 2010 started with the visit of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Games president, Nawal El Moutawakel, and general director, Gilbert Felli. During three days in January, meetings with the governments, Olympic facilities visits and to the unities of the Polícia Pacificadora (Pacification Police) were held. The complete Commission, with its 18 members, was in Rio in May. As the Rio 2016 Olympic Games planning advanced, the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was being structured. In February 2010, the initial work chart was presented and, in March, the statute of the new entity was approved by the IOC and, unanimously, by the Olympic Sports Confederations. During these 12 months, one of the Rio 2016 Committee main concerns was to exchange ideas and experiences with organisers of other big sport events. For that reason, the agenda included visits to the London 2012 Committee and the participation in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games Observers Programs and Debriefing. The partnership with the IOC was constant. Besides the Coordination Commission visits, technicians and representatives of the entity were regularly in Rio. Also, several at distance conferences and meetings were held. In February, during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, Rio 2016 presented its first Progress Report. Four months later, an up–to–date report was delivered to the IOC Executive Committee, in Lausanne. In September representatives of the entity were in Rio for the first follow up of the Olympic project meeting. The Paralympic Games were also in focus, with the completion of the Orientation Seminar of the International Paralympic Committee. At the occasion, the IPC executive director, Xavier Gonzalez, was impressed by the rhythm of the organisation of the event. To celebrate the countdown for the six years to the Rio 2016 Games, the Organising Committee reinforced the importance of the athletes and coaches in the development of the project and presented, on 5 August 2010, the Sports Advisory. The group will have the mission of supporting, with its experiences, the elaboration of the sports programme and the Olympic Village project, besides areas such as promotion and legacy. This was also the year the Rio 2016 Games got its 'face'. In April, a workshop on branding and visual identity of the event was held. The same month, a selecting process for the agency that would create the Rio 2016 Games brand was started. In five months of a crystal clear and professional process, the Rio 2016 Committee selected the brand that, after being approved by the IOC, will be presented to the world at the New Year's party at Copacabana Beach, on 31 December 2010. IMPORTANT DATES10/02/2009–Choice of Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympic Games. 10/03/2009–Beginning of the Rio 2016 Committee works–meetings with the IOC in Copenhagen. 10/06/2009–Hoisting of the Olympic flag at the City Hall. 10/09/2009–Choice of rugby and golf to complete the sports program for the Rio 2016 Games. 10/30/2009–Orientation Seminar for the Olympic Games–IOC states that Rio was the city that the sooner started its organization works for the Games. 1/4/2010–Survey made by Datafolha appoints choice of Rio de Janeiro as the Olympic Games host city as the best news of 2009, in the opinion of Brazilians. 1/19/2010–IOC Coordinatiion Commission President for the Rio 2016 Games, Nawal El Moutawakel, and general director, Gilbert Felli visits–meetings with the governments, Olympic facilities and unities of the Polícia Pacificadora visits. 2/1/2010–Beginning of the exchange work with the organizers of the London 2012 Games–visits to the Olympic Parks and meetings with representatives for the London 2012 Committee. 2/5/2010–Presentation of the initial structure of the Rio 2016 Committee. 2/9/2010–Participation in the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Obesrvers Programme. 2/11/2010–Presentation of the first IOC Progress Report–during the Vancouver 2010 Games. 3/9/2010–Approval of the statute of the Rio 2016 Committee by the Olympic Sports Confederations. 03/01/2010–Hiring of the company Deloitte for the studies of the structure of the Rio 2016 Committee. 4/12/2010–Launching of the Public Notice to select the agency to create the Rio 2016 Games brand. 4/14/2010 – Workshop on brand and visual identity of the Rio 2016 Games. 5/18/2010–IOC Coordination Commission visit. 05/21/2010–IPC Orientation Seminar for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 06/10/2010–Participation in the Vancouver debriefing, in Sochi. . 06/22/2010–Presentation of the progress report to the IOC Executive Committee. 07/01/2010–Hiring of the company Deloitte for the creation of the strategic planning for the Rio 2016 Games. 07/01/2010–Hiring of the company MI for the creation of the Reference Term of the Olympic Park. 07/01/2010–Hiring of the company Gad Brívia for the creation of the Web strategic planning. 07/01/2010–Hiring of the company Ernst & Young for the creation of the IT strategic planning. 08/05/2010–Six years for the Games–Presentation of the Rio 2016 Sports Advisory 08/01/2010–Beginning of the selecting process for the company that will develop the new Rio 2016 website. 09/02/2010–Choosing of the Rio 2016 Games brand that will be submitted to the IOC approval. 09/09/2010–First follow–up meeting for the Olympic project with the IOC.

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