On 2 October 2009, in Copenhagen, the then IOC President Jacques Rogge announced that Rio de Janeiro had won the right to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This historic decision meant that the world's largest sporting event would take place in South America for the first time. The announcement was a rich reward for the hard work and vision of the bid team, and marked the beginning of a journey full of opportunities and challenges for Rio and Brazil.
The infrastructure works for the Games comprise a huge project. More than 140,000 people will work in the staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, comprising approximately 7,000 organising committee staff, 65,000 contractors and 70,000 volunteers. Millions of people in Rio and Brazil, across South America and around the world will be inspired by the Games. More than 10,500 athletes from over 200 nations will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in front of many thousands of sports fans, tourists and media professionals.
In order to accommodate all the visitors for the Games, Rio de Janeiro will undergo many transformations, but the ‘Marvellous City’ - as it has come to be known - will never lose its unique carioca spirit or the famous Brazilian energy that makes it such a welcoming place for people from all corners of the world.