Rio 2016 starts training initiative

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A project intended to extend the experience of the largest multisport event in the world to other Brazilian cities was launched on Thursday, 17 February 2011 by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pre–Games venue registering and selection process will identify sport venues throughout the country that meet the technical requirements and recommendations of the International Sport Federations to enable the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees to bring their athletes to the Games host country before the Games, in order to bring them together and improve training and adjustment to local conditions. Held at the headquarters of Rio 2016, the event was attended by the president of the Organising Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman; sports director Agberto Guimaráes; the president of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (BPC) Andrew Parsons; the chairman of the Brazilian Association of Municipalities (ABM) Waldenir de Bragança and also Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) executive superintendent of sport Marcus Vinácius Freire, who commented on how important the offer of Pre–Games Training Venues is to a National Delegation. The investment needed to receive these delegations is an investment made with the eyes set on the future. When a venue is upgraded you also need to qualify those who will be using it, and then comes the legacy to the cities that will be getting ready to receive the delegations. Additionally, a financial aspect must also to be considered because the venues will be charging for services rendered, Vinácius said. All municipal, state and federal sport organizations, public and private teaching institutions, military institution, private sport clubs and enterprises engaged in sport–related businesses and owners other venues that meet the established technical requirements, will be welcomed to take part in the process. Enrolment is open to the interested parties up to 5 April 2011, who are invited to complete the online form available at Rio 2016 website: www. rio2016. com/treinamentoprejogos. Broken down into several phases (see Understanding the Process) the process of enrollment and selection, will reach its most important phase in January 2012 when the Statement of Commitment will be signed by the sport venues that have met the requirements set in the regulations. Subsequently, a Guide of Pre–2016 Games Training Venues will be published during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Receiving Olympic or Paralympic Delegation is a great opportunity to further the social and economic life of cities. These cities could start to act as sport development centers in their states or regions and develop sport segments. It is also an opportunity for national and international promotion and advertisement of the sport and tourism potential of the involved cities. This project is a critical part of the dissemination of the benefits and of the experience provided by the Olympic Games to the whole country, Nuzman said. Guimaráes remarked that the sport potential of any venue may actually be much larger than even venue owners could imagine: A gymnasium may host court sports like basketball, handball and seated volleyball, goalball, but also Olympic and Paralympic judo taekwondo, weightlifting, fencing and other disciplines, provided steps are taken to purchase the sport equipment needed. Likewise, a coastal city may offer training venues for beach volleyball, Olympic and Paralympic sailing, Olympic and Paralympic triathlon and marathon swimming. A multidisciplinary Evaluation Commission, formed by up to 15 members of Rio 2016, BOC, BPC and the Ministry of Sport will analyse the suitableness of each venue to the rules. The offer of Pre–Games Training Venues through the Guide is one of the commitments Rio 2016 has undertaken before the International Olympic Committee, and a service provided to the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, which will then be able to contact listed sites to negotiate agreements for the use of the competition venues for training programmes. Who is allowed to participate? Municipal, state and federal organisations, public and private teaching institutions, military institutions, private sport clubs, enterprises engaged in sport–related businesses, and owners of other venues that meet the established technical requirements set for participation. Mandatory requirementsTo take part in this process the interested parties will be required to meet the requirements described in the regulations available from www. rio2016. com/treinamentoprejogos:Transportation/LocationThe venue (Pre–Games Training Venue) should be located at a maximum distance of 150km, by paved road, from a regional airport handling regular flights of the airlines established in the country. AccommodationVenues must be at a maximum distance of 30 km, by paved road, from accommodations qualified to provide services to the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees. The city must offer accommodations rated 3, 4 or 5 stars, according to the Brazilian System of Accommodation Classifications of the Ministry of Tourism. Health and emergency service infrastructureC1. Venues are required to have a mobile ICU service with a team of paramedics available at the training venue prepared to meet the needs of the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees throughout the period of venue Pre–Games use. C2. Travel time from the venue up to the hospitals offering the departments and services listed in the regulations issued for the enrollment and selection process must not exceed 30 minutes. The set of hospitals, laboratories, clinics, etc that added together meet the pre–requirement will be considered, provided the travel time from each one of these facilities to the venue does not exceed 30 minutes. Process phases17 February to 5 April 2011 – The interested parties will be able to enroll by completing the Enrollment Form available from Rio 2016 official website: www. rio2016. com/treinamentoprejogos. 17 February to 5 April 2011 – Pre–Selection. The interested parties will complete the Pre–Selection Form online, evidencing compliance with the requirements set for participation and submit the full documentation required by the regulations electronically. 15–22 April 2011 – On 15 April the participants that were qualified to move on to the following phase will be invited to attend the Orientation Seminar, to be held on 5 May 2011, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Qualified participants will have up to 22 April 2011 to confirm attendance and inform the name of their representatives. 5 May 2011 – The main purpose of the Orientation Seminar is to provide guidance to the parties answering for potential Pre–Games Training Venues about the coming stages of the process, rights and obligations, opportunities, etc. Attendance by the representative of pre–qualified venues is a pre–requirement for participation in the subsequent phases of the process. 5–13 May 2011 – Participants of the Orientation Seminar will be required to submit a Statement of Acceptance, whereby the persons answering for the training venues accept and agree with the requirements set out in the regulations, and confirm their intent to continue taking part in the process. Attached to the Statement of Acceptance, a Statement of Cooperation will be submitted, signed by venue legal representative and by the competent municipal authority as the project depends also on a set of municipal services and infrastructure. 5 May to 1 July 2011 – Candidates will fill–in the Description Form. This form will include a questionnaire pertaining to competition venue and city infrastructure, and will be used as input to any possible technical visits that could be required. 18 July to 21 October 2011 – Technical visits to the candidates aspiring to become a Pre–Games Training Venue. The Evaluation Commission will decide if a technical visit will be required and schedule the date of each visit. 25 July to 4 November 2011 – The Inspection Report containing suggested interventions will be prepared and sent to the candidates. 16 December 2011 – Deadline set for submission by candidates of an initial budget and schedule for the intervention works required to adjust the venue to the requirements of the International Federations of the sports to which Pre–Games training Venues will be offered, as well as all the requirements stated in the regulations. 13 January 2012 – Publication of the list of Pre–Games Venues that have complied with the requirements set in the Regulations. 16–27 January 2012 – Term for submission of the Statement of Commitment signed by the parties answering for the venues. July 2012 – Launching of the Guide of Pre–2016 Games Training Venues during London 2012 London Olympic Games and distribution to the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees. April 2013 to July 2016 – Follow–up of constructions and renovation of the venues that needed adjustments or had to be built.

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