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A number of important 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics–related business opportunities are coming into clearer focus as facilities around Brazil bid for the official right to host teams and athletes in the acclimatisation periods before the event.

The FIFA and IOC approved training facilities respectively are decided according to extensive application processes and both organisations have already opened the submission period for candidates. For the 2016 Olympics, training centres are being decided through the Process for Registration and Selection of Pre–Games Training Locations, similar to initiatives from past Olympics aimed at spreading the benefits of the event around the host country. A Rio 2016 Organising Committee spokesperson pointed out that a long list of pre–selected candidates, announced on 15 April 2011, to be followed in May 2011 by an orientation seminar for all participants in Rio, during which requirements for the final stages of selection will be detailed. The official centres will then develop plans on how they will meet standards set by the international bodies for individual Olympic sports, with a budget and timeline for required works to be delivered by 16 December 2011. Importantly, this process should result in a range of additional work opportunities in various regions throughout Brazil, although the final number of centres to be required is yet to be revealed. The 2014 FIFA World Cup, should present a number of potential work opportunities for overseas businesses. The FIFA World Cup Organising Committee has already opened the submission period for facilities interested in being official training centres for the event and has so far received 185 proposals covering 145 cities in 22 states. The centres are to host the teams competing in the World Cup and will go through a rigorous selection process where FIFA will analyse a range of aspects, including distance to airports, availability of hotels and of course the quality of the training facilities themselves. The first selection phase where the official catalogue of training centre options will be developed should be concluded by the end of May, with at least 64 centres to be included, however organisers hope for around 90 alternatives. Following the selection, the centres will then be visited by potential World Cup teams to gain an idea of the possibilities for the event. Final choices will not be made until after December 2013 when the draw for the event will be known. 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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