High performance facilities key

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In a specific example of the ongoing push in Brazil to develop higher standard sport facilities around the country, the federal government has just announced R5m in funding for the 'State Centre for Sport Training', which is set to undergo a significant overhaul in preparation for the 2016 Olympics.

Minister of sport, Orlando Silva, pointed out that the funding comes following an agreement with the state's governor Tarso Genro to turn the Centre into a regional hub of athletic development, with the renovated facility to be known as the 'Casa do Esporte' (Home of Sport). The announcement comes just a week after Congress passed new legislation facilitating the creation of such hubs in key cities nationwide in late February 2011. The new facility will become the headquarters for sport in the state, bringing together the sport secretariat, federations, special state sport foundation and the future 2014 FIFA base. Meanwhile, a consultant hired by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) has added to the case for the country to significantly expand its investment in high performance sport ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics. Finland's Jukka Lahtinen, an ex–triple jump athlete and current president of the International Association of High Performance Sport Centres, is advising the BOC about the ongoing 'CT Time Brasil' project, a training centre being established in Rio de Janeiro. Lahtinen commented that, beyond the new Rio centre, Brazil needs to implant a number of other high performance facilities around the country to harness its enormous yet largely undeveloped potential. He added that he believes they have the conditions to develop such a network over the coming years and could establish some of the best training centres in the world. For the first phase of the CT Time Brasil project, the BOC is establishing state of the art facilities for swimming and synchronized swimming, diving, water polo, taekwondo, artistic gymnastics, weightlifting, cycling, boxing and artistic skating. The centre is being developed within the existing Maria Lenk Aquatic Park and Velodrome in Rio's Barra da Tijuca region, where the majority of 2016 Olympics facilities will be located. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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