Now that the 2014 FIFA World Cup is over, officials in Brazil are now turning their attention to getting ready for the XXXI Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through the 21, 2016.
This will be the first time ever that the Olympics have been held in South America.
Already, planners have split Rio into four main areas where the games will take place. Most events will be held in the Olympic Village, which is also where the athletes from around the world will live for the duration of the games. The Olympic Village is located in Barra Da Tijuca.
Other events will be held on Copacabana Beach, Maracana, and Deodoro.
If you watched the World Cup, you already have seen how Rio’s most famous beach can be used as a world spectacle. Huge video screens were set up on Copacabana Beach and an entire FIFA World Cup village and broadcast center were created so that fans locally and worldwide could share in the excitement of the soccer matches.
‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’
The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, which is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger”. Each city that hosts the Olympics is expected to live up to this motto and try and outdo the cities that hosted the games previously. As evidenced by the World Cup, Rio de Janeiro is more than up for the challenge.
Already, billions of dollars have been spent preparing for these Olympics. And over the course of the next year, a lot more money, time and effort will go into making sure these Olympics have the proper amount of spectacle and excitement.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to tour Brazil during the Olympics, so if you are planning your trip to coincide with this global event, it’s a good idea to make your reservations for flights to Brazil and hotels as early as possible.