Swedes visit Rio

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The Swedish Olympic Committee president, Stefan Lindeberg; the NOC secretary general and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IOC's Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Gunilla Lindberg; and the Sports directors, Peter Reinebo and Glenn á–sth, completed on Tuesday, 27 September 2011, a two–day visit to Rio de Janeiro to get acquainted with the Games project and venues.

On Monday, 26 September 2011, the Swedish delegation visited the Rio 2016 Organising Committee headquarters, where they met the team directly involved in the Games organisation and saw a presentation by the Sports department. In the afternoon the group visited the Riocentro exhibition centre (the venue for the badminton, boxing, weightlifting and table tennis events), the site of the Olympic Park (where the basketball, judo, wrestling, handball, hockey, tennis, track cycling, diving, water polo, swimming, synchronised swimming and gymnastics facilities will be located), the Maracana Stadium (the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the football finals) and the Maracanazinho Arena (the volleyball venue). The delegation also visited the Copacabana Beach (where the marathon swimming, triathlon and beach volleyball competitions will take place). On Tuesday, 27 September, the Swedish Olympic Committee members toured the Deodoro Sports Complex (the venue for the equestrian, shooting, fencing and modern pentathlon competitions), the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium (where the athletics track and field events will take place) and the Sambodromo (venue for the archery and the marathon start and finish lines). In the afternoon the group visited the Lagoa (which will host the canoe/kayak sprint and rowing competitions) and the Marina da Gloria (the sailing venue). Swedish Olympic Committee president, Stefan Lindeberg, was admittedly delighted by what he saw in Rio de Janeiro: We had two fantastic days here, travelling around the city, getting to know the different venues, meeting the people who are organising everything – and is really inspiring to be here. We are looking forward to getting here together with our athletes. We love Rio. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Rio 2016 Organising Committee president, said that the sunny days the Swedish delegation enjoyed were a good sample of the climate participant nations will find in Rio in August 2016. He was also happy for the opportunity to present the Games project: As a member of the IOCs Coordination Commission for the 2016 Games, Gunilla is totally familiar with our project, but it is always an honour to welcome partners from the Olympic Movement, like Stefan and his team. I am sure they leave Rio pleased with everything they saw.

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