Rio 2016 welcomes in 2014 and looks forward to another exciting year

Highlights include our mascots launch, first test event, volunteers registration and the Rio 2016 Culture and Education Programmes

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While 2013 was full of great strides forward and achievements (which you can see in our retrospective) 2014 promises to be an even more important year for the Rio 2016 Organising Committee. This year’s calendar is packed with events as preparations for hosting the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America intensify even further.

The biggest party in international sport is fast approaching and in 2014 you will meet our mascots, be able to register for the volunteers programme and enjoy our first test event. The new events just keep on coming.

“We are ending 2013 and starting 2014 full of emotion," said Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman. "The Olympic and Paralympic Games are getting closer and the organising committee is entering a unique and historic period of hard work and dedication. In little more than two years, billions of people will look to Brazil and Rio as never before.”

The list below gives you an idea of what is coming up. Stay tuned and keep up to date with our events!


Brazilian culture will play a prominant role in the Rio 2016 calendar this year. The launch of the Culture Programme will promote Brazilian arts and cultural values, giving a taste of the big party in 2016.


The launch of the Education Programme – which will use sport as a catalyst for education in Brazil – will bring to an end the test phase of this project, which involved more than 10 schools in the Rio de Janeiro municipal public school system.


The Rio de Janeiro City Government will open the second of the four new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines. The Transcarioca is a 39km express bus corridor linking the Barra da Tijuca (the neighbourhood which will be the heart of the Games) to Rio de Janeiro International Airport.

An another important improvement to the city’s public transport system will enter construction this year. The Light Rail Transit (LRT) will link Rio's main coach station with the city centre, revitalised port area, Santos Dumont Airport, ferry terminal and the new Morro da Providência cable car.

Look of the Games

Rio de Janeiro will become even more beautiful thanks to the project to implement the 'Look of the Games' which will design the visual appearance of the entire city during the event. The presentation of this look is due to take place this year.


The mascot launch will be one of the highlights of 2014, planned for the second half of the year. These cherished and eagerly awaited characters of the Games promise to represent, through their friendliness, the characteristics of Rio 2016.

Test events

Rio de Janeiro has staged many international sport events in recent years and 2014 will continue the trend. The first athletes to get a taste of the Games will be the yachtsmen taking part in the Olympic sailing test event at Marina da Glória, from August 3 to 9.


Stay tuned if you’re looking forward to guaranteeing your place in the Rio 2016 grandstands. The ticket purchasing programme will be announced in 2014.


With construction to be underway by the second half of this year, the new and renovated venues in the Deodoro zone will begin to take shape. At Barra Olympic Park, the Velodrome, Olympic Hall 4 and Olympic Aquatics Stadium are added to the list of sites under construction.


With registrations expected to open in August, this programme will attract thousands of people hoping to obtain one of the 70,000 volunteer places for the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in South America.

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