TAM moves terminal at London’s Heathrow Airport

tam-b777-in-flightTAM Airlines, Brazil’s major international carrier, moved its operations on 27 May at London’s Heathrow Airport from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 where it joins a number of other oneWorld partners.

As a member of oneWorld, TAM’s passengers flying in business or with the right card, will be able to use the British Airways’ lounge in the terminal.

TAM currently offers a daily service between London and São Paulo with connecting onward services, including to Rio de Janeiro. British Airways offers daily direct services to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

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.

2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots unveiled in Rio

23.11.2014.Mascotes. Forte Copacabana.The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots have been unveiled. Inspired by Brazil’s fauna and flora, the duo feature various pop culture influences, along with elements of animation and computer game characters.

“The Rio 2016 mascots represent the diversity of our culture, of our people,” said Beth Lula, the Rio 2016 brand director. “They represent our joy, our way of being. Both of them are magical creatures with super powers and relate naturally with the young audience, who we want to engage with our event so much.”

The Olympic mascot represents all of the different animals in Brazil. He combines the agility of cats, the sway of monkeys and the grace of birds. He can stretch his arms and legs as much as he wants. The Paralympic mascot is a fusion of plants found in Brazilian forests. He is energised by photosynthesis and can pull any object from his head of leaves. He is always growing and overcoming obstacles.

Both mascots have their own Facebook and Twitter profiles and share a special website with fun activities for kids.

“The mascots are one of the most important symbols of the Games because they create an emotional link with the public, especially children, and are genuine ambassadors for the event,” added Lula.

What is not known yet, is their names. A poll is already open and the public can vote for their choice from a shortlist of three pairs of names: one for the Olympic mascot, the other for the Paralympic mascot, respectively. The choices are Oba and Eba, Tiba Tuque and Esquindim, and Vinicius and Tom. You can find out more about these names, and vote for your choice by Clicking Here The winning names will be announced on 14 December 2014.

The mascots were created by Birdo Produções, a São Paulo-based design and animation company that has won numerous international awards.

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Olympic mascots visit Rio de Janeiro

11599_10152876941534111_291692445796855411_nAhead of Rio hosting the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2016 a group of mascots from previous games dropped in on the city to show their support. They included Misha (Moscow 1980), Athena (Athens 2004), Fu Niu Lele (Beijing 2008), Wenlock and Mandeville (London 2012).

The Olympic games will take place 5-21 August 2016 and the Paralympic 7-18 September 2016.


Rio’s Olympic Village takes shape

As these photos show, the Olympic Village for the 2106 Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro is starting to take shape.

The Village is being built on what was the city’s motor racing circuit in Barra da Tijuca (top photo). The circuit held its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1978, and then held the Brazilian Grand Prix every year between 1981 and 1990.

The new space will not only house the athletes village but also a number of the sports.


Rio de Janeiro unveils the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic look

rio2016_cenario_marcasWith now less than two years until the start of the Rio Olympics on 5 August 2016, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has launched and unveiled the new “look” for the Games.

The look will become familiar over the coming years and at the games itself as it will be used to decorate and enhance the sports facilities and the city, in addition to appearing on tickets, uniforms, credentials, licensed products, stores and more.

People that know Rio well will recognise many of the city’s famous landmarks that have been woven into the colourful design.

The new image, the organisers say, was inspired by Brazil, Brazilians and Rio de Janeiro:  “The look is multicoloured and vibrant as the harmonic diversity of our people. The look is organic and engaging like an embrace, inspired by our lush nature and human warmth. It brings fluid and energetic features, like our art, our identity.”

The games has also unveiled the logos to be used by the cities hosting the Olympic football tournament. As well as Rio they include the World Cup host cities and stadiums of Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Salvador and São Paulo.