Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions section was created to easily clarify the main subjects concerning the Rio 2016 Games.

  • 1. Why has Brazil decided to compete to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

    Rio 2016 bid was driven by the wish to bring together the power of Olympic and Paralympic sports and the festive frame of mind of cariocas, with the purpose of bringing sustainable development to Brazil and to the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. For cariocas this development would be linked to the transformation of their city by the establishment of a new urban infrastructure, generation of new environmental, physical and social initiatives, new advantages and opportunities for all. Another reason was the possibility of encouraging Brazilian economy and tourism because of the Games, gaining for Brazil a new level of international recognition and enhancing its reputation as a thrilling place, where living, doing business and travelling is an excellent option. Additionally, the long term vision of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) and of its president Carlos Artur Nuzman has always included the possibility of hosting large events in Brazil as the best way to accelerate sport development in the country.

  • 2. Who chose Rio to host 2016 Games?

    Rio de Janeiro was awarded the right to host 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games by the 121st Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the general assembly of this body, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009. Rio won the final round of voting by 66 votes against the 32 votes given to Madrid, the other finalist.

    The result of all the rounds of voting was the following:

    Rounds of voting123
    Rio de Janeiro264666


  • 3. How much did Rio’s bid cost and who funded it?

    Phase I – Applicant City: R$ 9.106.905,02

    RevenueFederal GovernmentState GovernmentTOTAL
    Public Funds3,022,097.883,279,984.986,302,082.86
     Donations by individualsTOTAL
    Private Funds2,804,822.162,804,822.16
    GENERAL TOTAL9,106,905.02

    Phase II – Candidate City: R$ 80,995,946.63

    RevenuePublic funds Private fundsGENERAL TOTAL
    Federal government47,402,531.75Instituto EBX13,000,000.00 
    State government3,617,556.00Eike Bastista10,000,000.00 
    Municipal government4,995,620.93Bradesco S/A3,500,000.00 
      Odebrecht S/A3,300,000.00 
      Embratel S/A3,000,000.00 
    TOTAL56,015,708.68 34,033,726.0090,049,434.68

    * TAM contributed with R$ 1,233,726.00 in the form of discounts in air tickets
    NOTE: The residual balance was used to fund the first months of operation of Rio 2016 Organizing Committee

  • 4. How much is the Rio 2016 Organising Committee budget?



    The Rio 2016 Organising Committee handles the planning and operation of the Games. For this reason, it counts on a budget of R$7.4 billion. This total is the sum of the predicted value in the Candidature File, corrected by inflation accumulated during this period, as well as the resultant growth of the inclusion of four new sports. In addition, the costs of new technologies have been added, which could not have been foreseen at the time of the Candidature File, as well as extra security expenses and funding for enjoyment of the Olympic Village.

    They are private resources, which will be collected by the Committee during the Olympic journey. The values foreseen in the dossier of the Candidature File as a government contribution is not part of this budget, but were updated and incorporated into the Matrix of Responsibilities.

    The Organising Committee is not responsible for any building works. The costs of building works for venues and infrastructure are managed by the three levels of government. 

  • 5. How will Games profit be shared?

    As explained in detail in answer 6, the budget of private revenues belongs to the Organizing Committee, a not for profit organization, which, as such does, not seek profit, but just to raise the amount required to plan and operate the Games.

    In accordance with Rio 2016 Statutes, any possible positive balance achieved by the Organizing Committee will be distributed as follows: (i) 20% to the Brazilian Olympic Committee, (ii) 20% to the International Olympic Committee and (iii) 60% to be invested in the provision of general benefits to sport in this host country, as determined by the Host City Contract.

  • 6. What is the role played by the Organizing Committee?

    The Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 is a private not for profit sport association formed by the Brazilian Olympic Confederations, the Brazilian Olympic Committee and Brazilian Paralympic Committee. It was assigned the mission of promoting, organizing and delivering the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016, following the guidelines of the Host City Contract, the International Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Committee and of the World Anti-Doping Agency and complying with provisions of the Brazilian law, the Olympic Charter and the IPC Manual.

  • 7. Who heads the Organising Committee?


  • 8. What is the role played by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)?

    The IOC will ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, encourage and support a responsible concern with the environment, promote sustainable development in sport and demand compliance by the Olympic Games with these tenets.

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the higher authority of the Olympic Movement. Acting as a catalyst of the collaboration between all branches of the Olympic Family, National Olympic Committees, International Sport Federations, athletes, Organizing Committees of Olympic Games, sponsors, broadcast rightsholders and UN agencies, the IOC develops a full series of programs and projects to fulfill its mission of promoting an integrated sport and education culture, guided by its vision of contributing to the construction of a better world through sport and protection of the excellence, friendship and respect values.

  • 9. Will there be a larger concern with accessibility because of the Paralympic Games?

    The concern with accessibility guides organisation, targeting both the Olympic and Paralympic Games since the start of the planning process. The person with an impairment does not only have an interest in Paralympic competitions: everybody should have access to both competitions.

    We are going to offer locations free of obstacles, plan transport for Rio 2016 clients inside the principles of universal design, incorporate accessibility criteria into accommodation plans, provide an accessible and inclusive workplace, use accessible communication tools, as well as making partners and employees aware of accessibility, encouraging the adoption of new behaviour.

    We have also developed a Technical Accessibility Guide which, after its use in the building works for the Games, will remain as a legacy for the national civil construction sector.

    In 2014, we began a visiting programme for the assessment and classification of accessibility in hotels accredited for the Games. As well as a technical assessment, the task involves engagement and awareness so that improvements may be made. The objective of the programme is to visit 150 hospitality units by 2016. From the start, the response of those responsible for accommodation has been excellent – some, of their own initiative, have already made adaptations to better attend people with an impairment.

  • 10. Will the Guanabara Bay be cleaned for the Games?

    In partnership with the private sector the state administration has been developing a quality project aimed at the cleaning of the Guanabara Bay that will be the target of investments until 2016. 

  • 11. How can I buy official Rio 2016 products?

    The Rio 2016 Committee already has six official stores. One is located at the Organising Committee HQ, two at Congonhas Domestic Airport in São Paulo, one at Rio de Janeiro International Airport and another at Santos Dumont Domestic Airport, also in Rio de Janeiro. There is also the online store, with delivery across Brazil, at