Rio 2016 Hosts Visit from Team GB Inside Olympic Village

16 October 2013 / 10:00

The Rio 2016 Organising Committee hosted a two day operational recce from the British Olympic Association (BOA) and Team GB on 14 and 15 October.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman welcomed BOA Chairman Seb Coe to the Rio 2016 Headquarters in Cidade Nova, Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Coe addressed Rio 2016 staff, giving insights about the journey towards delivering an Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaking from his experience of successfully leading the planning and delivery of the London 2012 Games.

The 20 strong British delegation, which included performance personnel from seven Olympic sports -- cycling, diving, hockey, judo, rugby sevens, taekwondo and triathlon -- had the opportunity to visit all four sport competition zones of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; Copacabana, Maracana, Deodoro and Barra.

On Tuesday, Nuzman and Coe entered the grounds of the Olympic Village in Barra da Tijuca to observe the construction progress taking place. During the Games the Olympic Village will be home to over 18,000 athletes and coaches, housed in 31 tower blocks consisting of 17 floors.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman said:
“It was a pleasure to host the delegation from the British Olympic Association here in Rio and to invite them inside the Olympic Village, which is progressing very well.

“The cooperation and knowledge we have received from London and the UK has been excellent and I was very pleased that my good friend Seb Coe shared his inspirational words and experiences with the professional team assembled here at Rio 2016.”

British Olympic Association Chairman Seb Coe said:
"It´s good to see firsthand the progress that is being made and how the vision for the Rio 2016 Games is coming to life.  I know our sport Team Leaders feel the same way.

”The work being done on the Athletes´ Village is particularly important.  In many ways, the Athletes´ Village is the heart of the Games plan.  It´s where athletes prepare for competition, relax afterward and interact with competitors from around the world.  It´s representative of everything the Games stand for, and the Village concept here in Rio is outstanding."