Officially, the 2016 Summer Olympics is recognized as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. International Olympic Committee (IOC) governs a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games. Rio de Janeiro is the host city of the Games since announced at the 121st IOC Session which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009.
The Minister of Sports of Brazil, Orlando Silva, the state governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral and the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman accompanied President Lula in his revealing of plans at the Guanabara Palace. For the 2016 Olympic and Para-Olympic Games, the official flag of the city's candidacy has already been dispersed throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro. It was raised for the first time at the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro.
Many past and present Olympic athletes were on hand at the event. Brazil can continue to stay in the hunt of the 2016 Olympic host country due to 500,000 U.S. dollars was transferred to the International Olympic Committee by the mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Cesar Maia. An agreement was signed by President Lula that will make the Committee of Action Management which will help organize the planning of Rio's candidacy.
The International Olympics Committee declared on 2nd October, 2009 that Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics due to Rio has won from other finalists Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo. They are planned to be held from August 5 to 21, 2016. The 2016 Summer Paralympics and 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in the same city and organized by the same committee. The 2016 Summer Paralympics are planned to be held from September 7 to 18. All venues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 will be situated in four zones: Copacabana Beach, Maracanã, Deodoro and Barra da Tijuca.
As per Orlando Silva, the Minister of Sports of Brazil, the government has tough convictions that the mere candidacy of the country for the 2016 Olympics will have great legacies for the future of the state of Rio de Janeiro, and the country as a whole. "With the great success of the 2007 Pan-American Games held in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the international sporting authorities have taken more notice of our country and have taken more interest in what we have to offer," said the minister.
The first edition of Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in South America while the third in the southern hemisphere (the first of those three outside of Australia). The football matches will be taken place in Salvador (Bahia Arena), São Paulo (Morumbi Stadium), Belo Horizonte (Mineirão Stadium) and Brasília (National Brasília Stadium) besides the Maracanã Stadium, except Morumbi Stadium, all above stadium will be used in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
The 2016 Summer Olympic program includes 28 sports and a total of 38 disciplines. In 2005, Baseball and softball were dropped from the program while karate, squash, golf, roller sports (inline speed skating) and rugby union all applied to be added. There were two open spots for sports and initially seven sports began the bidding for inclusion in the 2016 program. In June 2009, leaders of the seven sports held presentations in front of the IOC executive board.
At the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, swimming and synchronized swimming for the 2016 Olympics will be organized. The construction of stadium is probable to start in 2013 and completed in 2015 and $38 million in Rio de Janeiro which is situated in the Barra de Tijuca neighborhood and very close to the Lenk Aquatics Centre. The planned design of this facility is just like the Beijing “water cube,” both in shape and in its futuristic feel. The building has a maximum capacity of 18,000. The initial architect on the facility is BCMF Arquitetos.
For the 2016 Olympics, the Maria Lenk National Aquatics Center is used for Water Polo and Diving the Lenk Aquatics Center was originally built for the 2007 Pan Am Games and the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) took control over it in 2008 with plans to use it in the 2016 bid. The BOC plans to spend about 15 million dollars to prepare the facility for the 2016 Olympics, according to its Candidate File. The facility will be situated around 3 miles from the Olympic Village.
The open-water Marathon swimming course will be constructed at a cost of $10 million which has seating capacity for 5,000. It is located at the famous Fort Copacabana Beach, far away from the other aquatics venues.
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