The sixth-largest economy in the world, Brazil has consolidated itself as a continental power and plays a key role in issues related to global development. Today, Brazil is a nation that exports not only its passion, but also its credibility and its capacity to deliver.
Over the past 12 years, Brazil has hosted more than 30 world championships in several sports, including Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Judo, Sailing, Table Tennis and Volleyball. In each event, Brazil has left its mark with warm public participation and impeccable organisation. In 2007, Rio de Janeiro experienced 17 unforgettable days when it received more than 5,000 athletes from 42 countries in what was considered the best Pan American Games in history. For the first time, the Parapan American Games used the same venues as the Pan American competitions. Two years later, after a decade of bid campaign efforts, the Olympic dream of ‘Cariocas’ (as people from Rio are known) and the rest of Brazil finally became a reality.
On 2 October 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was announced as the host city of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the entire country celebrated this unprecedented achievement. The ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ (Marvellous City) will welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Families with incomparable scenes.
Before the competitions commence, teams may prepare in one of more than 160 pre-Games training venues in most of the states of Brazil's five regions. Each corner of the cultural mosaic that comprises Brazil contains unforgettable surprises for athletes. Learn more about Brazil before making your selection.