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The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games completed the 8th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Project Review this week.
Information on the significant progress that has been made across various areas was presented, including advances in venue management, sports planning, communications and branding.
After two days of presentations and meetings with members of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, the Rio Municipal Government, Rio State Government, Brazilian Federal Government and the Olympic Public Authority, there was an overall sense that preparations for the 2016 Games are advancing at a solid pace.
Rio 2016 announced that negotiations with all International Federations have allowed the organising committee to finalise the venue master plan, while in the area of branding, the launch of the Rio 2016 sport pictograms was seen as a particular success.
Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman said: “We have enjoyed two very busy and productive days of meetings. As always, we have greatly benefited from the IOC’s expert guidance and support.
“Working hand-in-hand with our colleagues from the three levels of government, we have made important advances in our project. We are proud to have finalised the venue masterplan in record time.
“Hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Games is a hugely demanding project, with many challenges, but we are firmly on track and working every day with great focus, energy and commitment to deliver unforgettable Games in 2016.”
IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi said: “Completion of the detailed venue master plan two and a half years out is an excellent result. It compares favourably with previous editions of the Games, which saw adjustments later in the preparations.”
The Rio State Government presented the steps it is taking to ensure that the Olympic sailing course, in Guanabara Bay, will be clean and in good condition for the athletes.
The next major IOC visit to Rio will be for the 6th Coordination Commission session next year (19-21 March), by which time Rio 2016 intends to present plans for its Culture Programme and further progress in communications, legacy and overall engagement.