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Brasil Positive: Flavio Canto Charity Work

Going through my daily media monitoring of what has been published, posted or printed about Rio 2016 Olympics and Brazil related sports news – among many other themes -, I came across this wonderful video about Brazilian judoka Flavio Canto and his charity work which will take part on 6th April International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Amazing work, inspiring young people at the biggest Favela in Rio, Rocinha. On the wall: “Every man id the size of his dreams” . Canto says “I learn much more than I teach”

Really worth watching.

RIO2016: 500 DAYS TO GO

As ex Olympic Minister Tessa Jowell wrote in her excellent blog yesterday in the Guardian, we are all excited, nervous, tense and, most of all, committed. The atmosphere at the Committee in Rio is of sheer enthusiasm, an electric buzz so particular to Brazilians. And I say that based on what I feel thousands of miles away, in London.

Mascot Vinicius at Sugar Loaf Mountain

Mascot Vinicius at Sugar Loaf Mountain

Of course we know that all the athletes are excited with the prospect of the 1st Olympic Games in South America. But I was actually very nicely surprised with the amazing video produced by New Zealand gang

Atleta Paralympica é sucesso na passarela

A velejadora Marinalva Almeida foi um sucesso no desfile do estilista Fernando Cozendey semana passada o que lhe rendeu ate’ convite para desfilar na Itália. Ela também e’ recordista brasileira de salto em distância e no dardo. E fazia corrida de rua de muletas. Ela perdeu a perna esquerda aos 15 anos depois de um acidente de moto em Campo Grande (MS)

Marinalva Almeida, 37 anos

Marinalva Almeida, 37 anos

“Eu aprendi a nadar depois do acidente. Fiz natação, tênis de mesa, arremesso de dardo, disco, peso e até halterofilismo. Queria me descobrir, saber o que eu podia e o que não podia”, conta.

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GOING TO RIO: BEST GELATO IN LEBLON

Even though it will be winter in Rio during the World Cup, you can add Momo’s at your must go list. The latest – and by far the best – gelateria in town produces the creamiest and tastiest of ice creams. They also serve coffee and waffles you can add gelatos to both. Absolutely amazing. The flavours are special, too. Seriously unmissable!!

 

Amazing flavours, great atmosphere

Amazing flavours, great atmosphere

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Momo Gelateria

R. Dias Ferreira, 147 – Leblon

tel. +55 21 2294 1965

Opening Hours. Sun to Wed from noon to 11pm; Fri & Sat noon to midnight

RIO2016: GRAMA COMEÇA A SER PLANTADA NO CAMPO DE GOLFE

Começou ontem a ser plantada a grama no Campo de Golfe na Barra da Tijuca. O buraco 8 dos 18 previstos ja’ esta’ verdinho e encheu de entusiasmo o pessoal do Comite Olimpico do Rio2016 por ser este um dos maiores legados deixados a Cidade Maravilhosa depois dos Jogos: um campo de golfe publico, onde não será necessário ser socio para praticar. A grama normalmente demora 11 meses para crescer propriamente.

Photo of the grass being irrigated

Buraco 8 plantado e irrigado ontem

“Demos hoje um passo importante na construção do Campo Olímpico de Golfe. O início do plantio de grama em um buraco é a última atividade de construção do campo após o encerramento da terraplanagem, da irrigação e do acabamento”, explicou Agberto Guimarães, diretor de Esportes e Integração Paralímpica do Comitê Rio 2016.

 

 

RIO2016: COMMITTEE EXCITED ABOUT GOLF LEGACY

Grass started to be planted yesterday at hole 8, out of 18 of course,  in what it will be the Golf Course in Barra da Tijuca for the Games in 2016. More importantly, it is considered one of the biggest legacy of Rio2016 as it will become the first public golf course in the city (it might be in the country!?!?) . The timeline for grass growth is 11 months. So it looks as if that is going quite well.

Photo of the grass being irrigated

Planting started yesterday

“We have taken another important step in constructing the Olympic Golf Course today. The planting of grass is the last construction activity for each hole on the course, following the completion of the earthworks, irrigation and finishing,” explained Agberto Guimarães, Rio 2016 Director of Sport and Paralympic Integration.

RIO 2016: HOCKEY FEDERATION IS VERY POSITIVE

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) finished a 3 day visit to Rio yesterday – which included the sports venue in Teodoro – on a very positive note. The  delegation included Secretary General Kelly Fairweather, Director of Sport David Luckes and Executive Board Member Alberto Budeisky, seemed satisfied with the progress of the plans which  they claim to have gone over in every detail.

“Overall the message we are giving is very positive. We have seen a sense of urgency and momentum building here which is quite comforting. I think they´ve demonstrated a lot of progress so that was really positive from our point of view. I went to sleep last night feeling very positive”, said Fairweather. 

kelly Fairweather sitting at a Press Conference

Kelly Fairweather

The delegation met with  members of Rio 2016 Committee, the Empresa Olimpica Municipal (EOM) and the Federal Government and among the topics discussed were not only a detailed progress of the operational planning but also the competition venue itself, the test event, competition schedule, accommodation, training venue and ticketing.

“We had a key meeting around Deodoro; we received a detailed presentation on the cluster operations from the Head of Venue Management for Deodoro and I must say that was quite comforting because it gave us a really good idea of the flows and how the different client management services will operate during Games time.

“We then zoomed in on the hockey venue and spent a lot of time talking about the plans which we had reviewed in detail. We had many questions which we went through one by one and 95% of them were answered, so I think we´ve made some really good progress. The key now is obviously to get people on the ground, moving earth and starting construction as soon as possible.

The delegation also visited the Federal University (UFRJ) which will provide the Games training venue and inspected the accommodation for technical officials. Following the 2016 Games the Deodoro hockey venue will provide an important legacy facility to help develop the sport in Brazil.

Some good news at last, I know. But it seems as if all the alarm bells ringing around have awakened people. As Fairweather said “it´s now a question of putting bricks and mortar in place.”

 

RIO2016: WE SHOULD SPEND MORE, SAYS RIO MAYOR

In an internet hangout with Brazilian journalist last night, the Rio’s mayor Eduardo Paes defended the high spending on infrastructure for the Olympic Games, which already reached around £40 billion. It is obviously an attempt to prepare the population for the extra funds that will inevitably be spent in the next 2 years. According to Paes, the more you spend on infrastructure, bigger the legacy.

Paes with headphones on

Paes at the internet hangout

“People demand legacy and mobility but complain about the work being done. It’s a lose-lose situation”, he sniped at the locals who complain that the amount of works  have troubled the day-to-day population.

The budget for infrastructural alone  have totalled over £6billion.

RIO 2016: NTERVENÇÃO DO COI. EXCELENTE IDEIA

A decisão do Comitê Olímpico internacional (COI), de intervir nos preparativos para os Jogos Olímpicos é a manchete de primeira página da Folha de S Paulo(papel, a edição online é diferente). A primeira medida anunciada foi a antecipar a visita do Diretor Executivo Gilbert Felli ,o que deve agora acontecer em pouco mais de 10 dias  e tem como objetivo monitorar a organização do evento . O COI também decidiu que vai coordenar uma comissão responsável por tomar “decisões de alto nível ” e contará com a participação de representantes de todas as três esferas de governo – federal, estadual e municipal.

Pessoalmente, eu acho uma excelente ideia. Parece que o pessoal COI tem o que falta na FIFA: quem toma a decisão está preparado para colocar a mão na massa. Eles estão muito preocupados com o fato de, a menos de 1000 dias para o início dos Jogos ,  ainda não ter sido divulgado quem será responsável pelo financiamento de cada obra. E, em vez de ir ao Brasil  para passar pito nos outros e deixar a imprensa e a opinião pública criticar os organizadores  locais, os representantes do COI decidiram levantar as mangas e começar a trabalhar. Juntos.

Prefeito Eduardo Paes ontem na coletiva

Prefeito Eduardo Paes ontem na coletiva

 

O prefeito Eduardo Paes disse aos jornalistas numa coletiva a imprensa ontem que acolhe a antecipação da visita. “Eu preciso do COI aqui, e eu disse ao presidente ( Thomas) Bach, para que compreendam a posição do Brasil – disse Paes . E, com um pouco de sorte, coloquem pressão  e acelerem o intrínseco sistema tríplice de decisão.

O prefeito reconheceu que o atraso nas obras de Deodoro Olympic Park é preocupante , mas se comprometeu a cumprir todos os prazos e que não haverá a necessidade de planos alternativos – outra preocupação do COI, a falta de plano B.

O Comitê Rio 2016 disse que as medidas são oportunas . No comunicado oficial, lê-se que a criação de novos grupos de trabalho faz parte do relacionamento contínuo com os organizadores do COI , uma vez que o trabalho em equipe seria a melhor e única forma de avançar .

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RIO 2016: IOC intervenes against delays. Excellent Measure

The international Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to intervene on the preparations for the Olympic Games is the front page headline  of the paper edition of one of the biggest papers in Brazil, Folha de S Paulo. The first measure announced was to bring forward the visit of IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli which should happen in just over 10 day’s time now and aims to monitor the organisation of the event. The IOC has also decided it will coordinate a committee which will be responsible for making ‘top level decisions’ and will include representatives of all three  spheres of government – federal, state and municipal.

Personally, I believe it to be an excellent idea. It seems the IOC has what lacks in FIFA: decision makers who are also hands on to the job. They are very worried that, less than 1000 days before the start of the Games, it has not yet been disclosed who will be responsible for funding each work. And instead of coming over to tell people off and let the press and public opinion have a field day with the organisers, the  IOC representatives decided to pull their sleeves and get into work. Together.

Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes at the Press Conference

Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes at the Press Conference

Rio’s mayor told journalists in a Press conference yesterday that  he welcomes the anticipation of their arrival. “I need the IOC here , and I told the president ( Thomas ) Bach , so that they understand the position of Brazil – said Paes . And, hopefully, help to put pressure on the intrinsic triple system of decision making in Brazil.

The mayor acknowledged that the delay in works of Deodoro Olympic Park is worrying but pledged to meet all deadlines and that there will be a need for alternative plans – another concern of the IOC, the lack of Plan B.

The Rio 2016 Committee said the measures are timely . In a statement, it reads that the creation of new working groups is part of the ongoing relationship with the IOC Games organizers , since teamwork would be the best and only way forward .

The PR work is looking good. Now what we need is to get down to work.

 

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