Rio De Janeiro City Hall inaugurates observation tower on 1000 Days Milestone




Rio De Janeiro City Hall inaugurates observation tower on the 1000 Days Milestone


Rio de Janeiro, 8 November 2013 – As part of the celebrations to mark 1,000 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, a milestone which will be reached this Saturday (November 9th), the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government inaugurated today an observation tower at the Olympic Park. Standing nine metres high, visitors had a privileged view of some of the most important venues that will be used for the sporting mega-event. The first people to visit the tower – and who were received by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and the President of the Municipal Olympic Company (EOM), Maria Silvia Bastos Marques – are the governor Sergio Cabral; the executive secretary of the Sports Ministry, Luis Fernandes; the president of the Olympic Public Authority, the Army general Fernando Azevedo e Silva; the president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman; and members of the City Council, a body which is made up of citizens from different sectors of Rio’s society who contribute to the development of the city.

During this first visit, the group were able to observe important advances in the works, like the first phase of construction of the Tennis Centre, which started at the end of October. More advanced and already in the foundation construction phase are the works on the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the three sports halls that, after the Games, will form part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC). In the first half of 2014 the remaining three sport venues in the Olympic Park will start to be erected: the Velodrome, the Aquatic Centre and the Handball Arena.

In the construction of the Olympic Park observation tower, the Rio Mais concessionaire recycled part of the grandstand from the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack, which was at the same site. In the future, the tower will form part of a guided tour aimed at students, Brazilian and foreign visitors, public authorities and Rio’s inhabitants in general.

The earthworks of 1.18 million square metres started on 6 July 2012, with the removal of elements of the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack, such as grandstands, asphalt surfaces and additional structures (guard-rails, tyres, internal concrete walls and fences). The infrastructure works – drainage, water, sewage, fire-safety and electricity networks – are on schedule, and the earthworks are in the final phases. The venues constructed for the 2007 Pan-American Games – the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park and the Rio Arena – will undergo some adjustments and be used in the Olympic Games.

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The 1,000 days to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games milestone is celebrated with historical image at School Youth Games in Belém


Number 1,000 is formed by 1,000 youths inside Mangueirão Stadium


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: November 8th, 2013: This Saturday, November 9th, the preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games reaches exactly 1,000 days before the Opening Ceremony.

While the preparations continue to accelerate, Brazilian youths are participating in Olympic sports in Belém, the capital of Pará State in the north of Brazil. Almost 4,000 athletes aged between 15 and 17 years old, from all states of the country, are competing in 13 disciplines in the biggest edition of Brazilian School Youth Games, officially opened on Thursday, November 7th.

Some of these athletes were part of the group of 1,000 youths that, this Friday, November 8th, celebrated the 1,000 days to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games milestone in the grass of Mangueirão Stadium, forming the number 1,000.

Agberto Guimarães, Rio 2016 Executive Director of Sport & Paralympic Integration: “An event like this is an excellent start for future high level athletes; it can multiply the contact with Olympic values and sports. Each of these 4,000 athletes will spread this engagement through their schoolmates, teachers, friends and family. Celebrating the 1,000 days to go milestone during the competition in Belém means touching the whole country with the spirit and magic of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games”.

Sarah Menezes, Brazilian Judo Olympic Gold Medallist at London 2012 Games: “I first encountered the sport of judo at school, when I was nine years old, and, with practice, took part in tournaments and obtained good results to be acknowledged. I am sure that several athletes who compete in the School Youth Games can be part of Brazilian National team, despite their youth. They must believe in their talent, because everything is possible in our lives. It’s just about believing, practicing and dedicating yourself”.

Vitor Hugo Mourão dos Santos, 17 years old, School Youth Games winner in 2010, second placed in the Youth World Championship in 2013 and integrant of Brazil’s athlete’s delegation in Copenhagen, in 2009, when Rio was appointed to host the 2016 Games: “The School Youth Games are extremely important as everything starts at school. For 2016, I will still be too young, but I look forward to competing and gaining experience. I notice that the practices with my coach are working and will be in a good shape to qualify for the Rio 2016 Games”.

Julio César de Oliveira, 17 years old, winner of School Youth Games in 2012 and medalist at Australia’s Youth Olympic Festival in 2013 (silver in the 4x100 relay and bronze in the 400m hurdles): “Several kids start developing their will to practice and compete thanks to the School Youth Games. I am excited to have the chance to be in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and have lots of friends and family watching me competing and supporting me”.

Below are some background stories regarding the 1,000 days to go image:

·         Over half of the youths who participated in the photo are athletes who competed in the athletics tournament, which started this Friday, with 562 competitors.

·         The other half was composed by youths who have benefited from the Pro Paz, a programme that looks forward to spread a culture of peace in poor communities of Pará state through public policies and sports and cultural activities.

·         The Mangueirão Stadium, which is included in the Rio 2016 Pre-Games Training Camps Guide, regularly hosts national and international athletics meetings and holds the South American public record in the sport’s competitions, with 42.640 people in 2004.

·         The strip used to form the statement “Rio at 1.000” showed a rendering of the Rio 2016 official logo produced by Belém’s graffiti Dime França and Sebá Tapajós, as well as Minas Gerais native Hyper.

·         Also included in the photo are former marathon athlete Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima (bronze medalist in Athens Olympic Games, in 2004, and winner of the Pierre de Coubertin medal, the most important Olympic award) and judo athlete Sarah Manezes (gold medalist in London 2012 Olympic Games), who are ambassadors of the Brazilian School Youth Games.

·         A two-time Brazilian School Youth Games winner, in 2005 and 2007, Sarah Menezes is part of a group of athletes that debuted in the Olympic Games less than 1,000 days after having disputed the school tournament. The first Olympic appearance of the judo athlete was in Beijing, in 2008. In London, in 2012, four other athletes participated in the School Youth Games less than 1,000 days before competing in the Olympic Games in the British capital – Geisa Arcanjo (a finalist in hammer), Aldemir Gomes (semifinalist in the 200m), Jonathan Henr ique Silva (26th placed in triple jump) and Tamiris Liz (reserve in the 4x100m relay at the age of 16).

·         Also included in the photo is former athlete Agberto Guimarães, fourth placed in the 800m in Moscow Olympic Games, in 1980, and two-time Pan-American champion (800m and 1,500m) in Caracas, in 1983. A Pará native, he is now the Sports and Paralympic Integration Executive Director of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.



About the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a private not-for-profit sports organisation established by Brazilian Olympic Confederations, the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. Its mission is to promote, organise and deliver the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games, in accordance with the guidelines laid out by the Host City Contract, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-Doping Agency, and under the Brazilian Law, the Olympic Charter and the IPC Handbook.

The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games has five tier one partners (official sponsors) – Bradesco, Bradesco Seguros, Claro, Embratel and Nissan. There are three tier two supporters – EY, Sadia and Batavo. There is one tier three supplier – Nike. 

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has seven tier one partners (official sponsors) – Atos, Bradesco, Bradesco Seguros, Claro, Embratel, Nissan and Omega. There is one tier two supporter – Sadia. 


The 1,000 milestone official photo is available on the Rio 2016 website press area:


CAPTION: Number 1,000 is formed by 1,000 youths inside Mangueirão Stadium alongside a rendering of the Rio 2016 official logo produced by Belém’s graffiti.


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