Countdown to Rio!

The city of Rio de Janeiro has been elected host city of the XXXI Olympic Summer Games in 2016.

The announcement to award the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the city of Rio de Janeiro was made by the IOC President Jacques Rogge, on 2nd October 2009 in Copenhagen.

Plans and preparations are underway and athletes from across the world, including Barbados, are preparing to travel to Brazil.

Passion & Transformation

Passion and transformation are the themes of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Passion that unifies all Brazilians in organising the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games. Transformation in the pride of creating a new reality for progress.

Passion through sports, reflected in the drive and desire for achievement.The passion of the Carioca soul that extends a warm and friendly embrace, in a collective gesture that expresses our contagious celebratory nature.

Passion and transformation of a city and an entire country, fuelled by therenovation of the Olympic and Paralympic spirit, projecting Brazil and Rio de Janeiro to the world.

Passion and transformation of our planet and its people, by promoting a more interdependent, conscious and sustainable culture, as an inspiration to the present and a legacy for the future.” (


Picture 1: Jacques Rogge (International Olympic Committee president) with the Rio 2016 Emblem.