It has been a big week for the Rio 2016 ticketing team. Yesterday, after nine months of hard work, we announced the ticket prices for the Olympic Games. Defining how much each of the 7.5 million tickets will cost has been an intense challenge.

The Rio 2016 Games will be the accessible Games. Our ticketing programme needed to put this concept into practice. And the best way to do this is to offer tickets within the reach of everybody. Therefore we developed two strategies: produce the maximum possible number of tickets and price them democratically.

Today, we have a great sense of achievement that we have managed to provide a number of tickets even greater than that stipulated in our candidature file in 2009. At that time, we spoke of 7 million tickets for the Olympic Games. We managed to raise this to 7.5 million mainly by working on the competition schedule, moving from 620 sports sessions to 717. This means more options from which the public can chose what they want to watch, and when and where.

In terms of pricing, we are offering 3.8 million tickets – more than half of the total – at 70 Brazilian (US$30) or less. This was also a commitment from when Rio was bidding to become host city. And we went further: in each of the four competition zones, there will be at least one sport where some of the tickets will cost 40 Brazilian reals (less than US$20) or below.

We also distributed the price ranges within the stadiums in a balanced way. For example, if a sports session has three price categories, about one third of the seats will be priced in each category.

We were determined to comply with another premise of the Rio 2016 Games: transparency. To this end, the entire ticketing programme was audited by the relevant authorities in accordance with Brazilian law. This gave us a strong foundation and legal security to move forward with our plans.

After all, we still have a long way to go. In November, the ticketing website will be launched. At that point, the public will be able to register to ensure they receive all the important information. In the first half of 2015, the public will be able to apply to buy tickets within their own territories.

Later, there will be online sales, the delivery and collection of tickets... all of this culminating in 2016, when we will be there in the arenas, cheering together, holding 7.5 million tickets with the same value: the privilege of witnessing the first Olympic Games in South America.