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The Government’s Structure

Apart from specific projects coordinated by individual Ministries, the Federal Government’s overview of the Olympic Games is three-fold:

a. The Olympic Public Authority (APO) is responsible for the delivery of major government projects and services related to the Games´ infrastructure (including sports facilities, non-sporting and transport infrastructure), interfacing between local, state, and federal governments, and the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. It is also in charge of the disbursal of funds, timetable assurance, and legacy assurance for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

b. The Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) will lend several US$ billion to support infrastructure projects. For example, it will lend approximately US$1 billion to the hotel industry alone. BNDES has also signed a co-finance agreement with the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and a Preliminary Commitment with the State of Rio de Janeiro.

c. The National Secretariat of Security (SENASP), a branch of the Ministry of Justice, will be responsible for overall security projects of the games.

At the state level, Rio de Janeiro’s Secretariat of Sports, Tourism, and Leisure has been given the oversight role of the new Maracanã stadium project. This stadium will host the closing ceremonies of the World Cup in 2014 and the both the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics in 2016.

The city of Rio de Janeiro created a Special Olympics Secretariat that will be responsible for managing part of the venues and infrastructure projects (such as Bus Rapid Transit systems, new avenues, etc.). The City also created a Municipal Olympic Company (their president, Ms. Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, is the former president of the steel company Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional - CSN), that is responsible for coordinating the municipal projects and activities related to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. As for investments, the City created an Investment Promotion Agency called RIO NEGOCIOS. The City Hall is conducting a large Port Area renewal project, involving the creation of museums, an aquarium, and other projects already under way. New hotels (17 already licensed) will be created and many existing hotels will be renovated. All projects will follow Green Building standards.

There are several other organizations and partners active in the organization of the 2016 games. They include:

  • The 2016 Rio Organizing Olympic Committee, which is linked institutionally to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is responsible for planning and issuing the main tenders and delivery of services inside sports venues;
  • The Brazilian Olympic Committee, a non-profit, private company also linked to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is responsible for supporting the Brazilian athletes and teams;
  • The Brazilian Soccer Federation, which works with FIFA in preparation for the 2014 World Cup; and
  • Industry Associations such as the Construction Association (SINDUSCON Rio), the state of Rio Federation of Industries (FIRJAN), and others.