The Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, often simply called Barra, will be the heart of the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games. Located in the Zona Oeste, or western part of the city, the zone is growing rapidly and will be a truly beautiful setting for the competitions. Surrounded by lagoons, mountains and parks, this neighborhood set in lush nature will be home to the athletes, and welcome thousands of spectators and other Games clients.
The Olympic and Paralympic Village, Rio’s Olympic Park, the Riocentro Convention Centre, IBC/MPC and Barra Media Village are all located in the Barra Zone.
The Barra Zone will accommodate 15 venues where the competitions of 15 Olympic sports will be held: Boxing, Table Tennis, Badminton, Weightlifting, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline), Cycling (Track), Aquatic Sports (Diving, Water Polo, Swimming and Synchronized Swimming), Basketball, Fencing, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling (Freestyle and Greco-Roman), Handball, Golf and Tennis. During the Paralympic Games, it will host 12 sports: Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Judo, Boccia, Sitting Volleyball, Goalball, Wheelchair Tennis, Cycling (Track), Swimming, Football 5-a-side, Table Tennis and Weightlifting.
Barra will benefit significantly from the Games with the construction of new competition and training venues, improvements in transport infrastructure and the building of new shopping, residential and entertainment centres. In addition, rehabilitation programmes will be implemented in the parks and the river networks. These programmes are government priorities for the zone.
The most significant legacy for Brazilian sports in the Barra Zone will be the Olympic Training Center (OTC), with its programme and facilities concentrated near the Olympic and Paralympic Village. After the Games, the OTC will offer 40,000m2 of training grounds for 12 Olympic sports, plus a Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Sports and Clinical Medicine Research Laboratory, unprecedented in South America. The golf course is another key legacy that the Rio 2016™ Games will leave to the Barra Zone. After the competitions, the venue will be open to the public, and sport participation will be encouraged within the local community.