2016 Olympic stores open

foto2_rio2016.jpgRio 2016 has opened a gift shop at Terminal 1 of Rio’s International Airport. Open from 6 am until 11 pm the shop sells various Olympic and Paralympic-related merchandise, such as clothes, hats, and beach towels as well as soft-toy versions of the Rio 2016 mascots, Vinicius and Tom.

The Rio Airport shop is the first of a series that will be open at airports: Rio’s Santos Dumont will have a shop soon, as will the airports in São Paulo. Apart from the airport’s new store, there are a number of sites around Rio where official products are already on sale, such as the Tijuca campus of the Estácio de Sá University and the city centre.

You can also access the Rio 2016 Brazilian online store, which has an exclusive range of toys. Prices vary from from caps costing R$49 (US$15) to 45cm soft toys at R$139,90 (US$45).

By 2016, an expected 12,000 products will be available, with the expectation that these items will generate around R$1billion in Brazilian retail sales.

Olympic merchandise will eventually be available at 150 official Rio 2016 stores and at more than 40,000 sales points across Brazil.

Brazilian residents request 5.2 million tickets for Rio 2016

Ticket RaceBrazilian residents have applied for 5.2 million tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games during the first sales phase, which closed on 6 May. In a reflection of the local sporting culture, the most sought-after tickets were for volleyball, followed by football and basketball. In total, about 7.5 million tickets for the games will be put on sale.

For events that have more requests than available tickets, there will be a ticket ballot. The results of the draw will be announced in June, with a second sales phase starting in July. However, only Brazilian residents who entered the first phase will be able to participate in the second phase, with those who were unsuccessful first time around having priority in the second draw. The results of the second phase will be known in August. For Brazilian residents who did not enter the first two phases, there will be a first-come-first-served online sales phase in October.

Non-residents of Brazil who want to buy tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games should enter into contact with the authorised ticket reseller (ATR) for their territory, that are featured on the Olympic section of this site. Click Here


Rio to host 44 Olympic and Paralympic test events

rio2016_cenario_marcas44 test events that will allow organisers of Rio 2016 to finalise preparations for the Games will take place between July 2015 and May 2016. There will be 34 Olympic test events, six Paralympic test events and four that will include both Olympic and Paralympic sports. About 16,000 volunteers will help stage the competitions, which will take place across 156 days of competition in total.

The events will provide an important opportunity to test the competition areas and results systems, as well as integrating all the relevant stakeholders and training the teams of people who will be responsible for running the events during the Games.

The first cluster of events will take place between July and October 2015, focusing on outdoor events. The second, from November 2015 to February 2016, will be more focused on indoor events, while the last, between March and May 2016, will allow preparations to be finalised.

Some of the events will be organised by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, under the banner of the Aquece Rio (‘Rio Warms Up’) series, while others will be staged by the respective International Sports Federations, Brazilian Federations or the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, although Rio 2016 will test specific operations during these events.

Events such as gymnastics and triathlon will provide direct Rio 2016 Games qualification opportunities, while others such as badminton, shooting and athletics offer the chance for athletes to gain ranking points or meet minimum qualification criteria in their quest for Olympic qualification.

Some events will be ticketed, while others will not be open to spectators. There will also be events – such as such as triathlon, sailing, marathon swimming and road cycling – that the public will be able to see without tickets.


Volleyball FIVB  2015 World League Finals 14-19/07/2015 Maracanãzinho
Triathlon/Paratriathlon Aquece Rio Triathlon Olympic Qualifier and Paratriathlon Event 01-02/08/2015 Fort Copacabana
Rowing 2015 World Rowing Junior Championship 05-09/08/2015 Lagoa Stadium
Equestrian Aquece Rio International Horse Trials 06-09/08/2015 Olympic Equestrian Centre
Sailing Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 15-22/08/2015 Marina da Glória
Road Cycling Aquece Rio International Road Cycling Challenge 16/08/2015 Fort Copacabana
Marathon Swimming Aquece Rio International Marathon Swimming Event 22-23/08/2015 Fort Copacabana
Beach Volleyball FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 01-06/09/2015 Beach Volleyball Arena
Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe Aquece Rio International Canoe Sprint 04-06/09/2015 Lagoa Stadium
Archery/Paralympic Archery Aquece Rio International Archery Challenge 15-22/09/2015 Sambódromo
BMX Cycling Aquece Rio International BMX Challenge 03-04/10/2015 Olympic BMX Centre
Mountain Bike Aquece Rio International Mountain Bike Challenge 11/10/2015 Mountain Bike Centre


Boccia Aquece Rio International Boccia Tournament 12-14/11/2015 Riocentro – Pavillion 4
Table Tennis Aquece Rio International Table Tennis Tournament 18-21/11/2015 Riocentro – Pavillion 4
Water Polo Aquece Rio International Water Polo Tournament 18-22/11/2015 Julio de Lamare Aquatics Centre
Hockey Aquece Rio International Hockey Championship 24-28/11/2015 Olympic Hockey Centre
Badminton BWF Grand Prix 24-29/11/2015 Riocentro – Pavillion 4
Canoe Slalom Aquece Rio International Canoe Slalom 26-29/11/2015 Whitewater Stadium
Golf Aquece Rio International Golf Challenge 26-29/11/2015 Olympic Golf Course
Boxing Aquece Rio International Boxing Tournament 01-06/12/2015 Riocentro – Pavillion 4
Tennis/Wheelchair Tennis Brazil Masters Cup 10-12/12/2015 Olympic Tennis Centre
Basketball Aquece Rio International Women’s Basketball Tournament 15-17/01/2016 Carioca Arena 1
Judo Aquece Rio International Judo Tournament 16-17/01/2016 Carioca Arena 2
Powerlifting IPC Powerlifting Americas World Cup 19-22/01/2016 Carioca Arena 2
Taekwondo Aquece Rio International Taekwondo Tournament 23-24/01/2016 Carioca Arena 3
Wheelchair Rugby Aquece Rio International Wheelchair Rugby Championship 29-31/01/2016 Carioca Arena 1
Wrestling Aquece Rio International Women’s Wrestling Tournament 30-31/01/2016 Carioca Arena 2
Diving FINA Diving World Cup 19-24/02/2016 Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre
Race Walk National Race Walk Championship 28/02/2016 To be confirmed


Synchronised Swimming Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament 2016 02-06/03/2016 Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre
Rugby Aquece Rio International Women’s Rugby Sevens 05-06/03/2016 Deodoro Stadium
Modern Pentathlon UIPM World Cup 2 10-14/03/2016 Deodoro Stadium/Deodoro Aquatics Centre/ Youth Arena
Track Cycling Aquece Rio International Track Cycling Challenge 18-20/03/2016 Rio Olympic Velodrome
Weightlifting South American Championship 07-10/04/2016 Carioca Arena 3
Football National Championship Match 09/04/2016 To be confirmed
Swimming Maria Lenk Open Championship 12-16/04/2016 Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Shooting ISSF World Cup 14-25/04/2016 Olympic Shooting Centre
Gymnastics Aquece Rio Final Gymnastics Qualifier 16-24/04/2016 Rio Olympic Arena
Paralympic Swimming CPB Paralympic International Open 19-23/04/2016 Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Fencing Grand Prix and World Cup Finals 22-26/04/2016 Carioca Arena 3
Handball Aquece Rio International Men’s Handball Tournament 29/04-01/05/2016 Future Arena
Goalball Aquece Rio International Men’s Goalball Tournament 04-05/05/2016 Future Arena
Athletics Ibero-American Championships 13-15/05/2016 Olympic Stadium
Paralympic Athletics CPB Paralympic International Open 17-21/05/2016 Olympic Stadium



FIFA confirms football venues for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

FutebolIt has been confirmed that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s and women’s football tournaments will take place in six cities: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Manaus, Brasília and Belo Horizonte. It has also been decided that the 58 matches will be staged at: Corinthians Arena (São Paulo), the Maracanã and Olympic Stadium (Rio de Janiero), Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador), Mané Garrincha Stadium (Brasília), Amazônia Arena (Manaus) and the Mineirão (Belo Horizonte).

“The inclusion of Manaus (photo) in the Rio 2016 Olympic schedule will enrich the tournament with a visit of the football players to one of the most iconic locations in the world,” said Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman. “I am certain that the Amazon will welcome the Olympic world with a memorable celebration.”

Football is the only sport that will be hosted outside of Rio de Janeiro, with the tournament taking the Rio 2016 Games out to the rest of Brazil. There will be 16 teams in the men’s competition and 12 in the women’s tournament.

Marco Polo Del Nero, chairman of the FIFA Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments, said: “The Olympic football tournaments will be a fantastic opportunity to revive the great atmosphere seen during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, not only in Rio de Janeiro, but also in the other five cities. They did an excellent job in 2014, and now they can use the World Cup stadiums and infrastructure already in place to unite the country for a major event once more. I am confident that the participating teams will have an unforgettable Olympic experience.”

arenaamazonia_fev2014-21Two South American teams are already confirmed in the Rio 2016 men’s football competition: Brazil, as host country, and Argentina, as the winners of the South American under-20 championship. In the women’s tournament, Colombia confirmed their place, along with hosts Brazil, by finishing runners-up in last year’s Copa America. All the remaining places will be decided by April 2016.

The men’s Olympic football competition features players up to the age of 23 (born after 31 December 1992), with the exception of three ‘over-age’ players per nation. The16 teams will be divided into four groups of four and the competition will begin on 4 August, one day before the Olympic Games opening ceremony. The two best-performing members of each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. The final will be played on 20 August, a day before the closing ceremony, at the Maracanã Stadium.

In the women’s competition there are no age restrictions. The 12 teams will be split into three groups of four, and matches will start on 3 August. The top two teams in each group and the two best third-placed teams will progress to the quarter-finals. The final will be played on 19 August, also at the Maracanã Stadium.

Rio will host the FIVB Volleyball World League 2015 Finals

Maracana 2013The FIVB Volleyball World League 2015 Group 1 Finals will be played at the Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tournament will serve as a test event for the volleyball competition at the Olympic Games in 2016, which will take place at the same venue.

The Group 1 Finals will be held from July 15-19 and will feature six teams (the host country, top two teams from Pool A and Pool B plus the winner of Group 2) playing off for the title of the 26th edition of the World League.

The confirmation of Rio de Janeiro as the 2015 World League Finals host city follows the news that volleyball attracted the most attention for 2016 Olympic Games tickets (27%) ahead of football (21.9%), swimming (21%) and athletics (20.6%) via the Rio Olympics ticketing registration process when it officially opened in January.

GetPhoto.aspxThe 2015 World League Intercontinental Round features eight countries competing in Group 1 (Pools A & B). In Pool A, Finals hosts Brazil, who are nine-time winners and 2014 silver medallists, will be joined by Australia, who have been promoted from Group 2, last edition’s bronze medallists Italy and three-times silver medallists Serbia. Iran, world champions Poland, Russia and reigning champions USA will compete in Pool B.

Last year’s World League saw 28 teams compete for honours and USA defeat Brazil in the Group 1 Finals in Florence, Italy.

Rio dock area taking shape for 2016 Olympics

Flyover 04Rio de Janeiro is already starting to see the benefits from the demolition of an extremely ugly raised highway, the Perimetral, that ran along the bay and through the heart of the dock and historic area of the city. A new tunnel, part of the Porto Maravilha project,  was opened on 1 March, the 450th anniversary of the city, that is now handling and hiding much of the traffic that used the freeway.

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Where to locate Rio’s Olympic flame

Rio Olympic CauldronRio de Janeiro is going to have to decide where to put the Olympic cauldron and the Olympic flame, and this is on the list of points for Rio 2016 to discuss with the IOC.

The problem is that the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics will take place in the Maracanã while most of the track and field will take place in the Engenhão. The Maracanã only hosting a couple of the football games.

In the opinion of Rio the Guide the best and most spectacular solution will be to locate the Olympic flame at the feet of the Christ the Redeemer statue on the summit of Corcovado.

The result would be the first Olympics when most of the host city and its visitors could easily see the Olympic flame at all times during the tournament. That would include the yachtsmen and women in the bay, the rowers on the Lagoa, the cyclists as they cross through Flamengo Park, the archery and marathon at the sambodromo, and so on.

4919594049_b8a20f7252_oNo you won’t be able to see the flame at Corcovado from the Olympic Village in Barra, but neither would you see an Olympic cauldron tucked away in the Maracanã or Engenhão.

We really hope that Rio 2016 will have the courage to think out of the box and play to Rio’s strengths as there will be few host cities, if any, that will have a mountain in the centre of it to use with such an iconic global landmark.

And talking of iconic, we all remember the iconic shot that went viral at the end of the 2014 World Cup!


Athletics timetable for Rio 2016 is published


The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) has released the athletics’ timetable for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and it features finals during the morning sessions of the athletics programme.

“Staging finals in the morning was done at the request of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the Olympic Broadcasting Service, supported by the International Olympic Committee,” said IAAF competitions director Paul Hardy. “Having finals in the morning will also ensure that we receive maximum visibility for athletics at the Olympic Games across all time zones.”

There is at least one final in all of the morning sessions. All five road events – the two marathons and the three race walk events – will be held in the morning sessions, although both 20km race walks will be in the early afternoon. Other morning finals include the women’s 10,000m, men’s and women’s 3000m steeplechase, men’s 400m hurdles, men’s triple jump, men’s and women’s discus, and the women’s hammer.

For the full calendar – as of 15 December 2014 – click on the photo below, then click again to increase the size…