Olympic Training Center (Rio de Janeiro)

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Olympic Training Center (tentative)
Location Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coordinates 22°58′26″S 43°23′45″W / 22.973883°S 43.395953°W / -22.973883; -43.395953Coordinates: 22°58′26″S 43°23′45″W / 22.973883°S 43.395953°W / -22.973883; -43.395953
Capacity 48,000 total for the four venues
16,000 (Hall 1)
10,000 (Hall 2)
10,000 (Hall 3)
12,000 (Hall 4)
Broke ground 2009 (planned)
Opened 2011 (planned)
Construction cost $195 million
Basketball, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Team Handball events for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, judo, boccia, volleyball and goalball events for the 2016 Summer Paralympics

The Olympic Training Center main purpose is to centralize the infrastructure required for the athletes' development. It will centralize the infrastructure required to teach, train and develop athletes. An Olympic Training Center is a space for athlete training with the help of professionals and scientific education, in addition to equipment and facilities. It is inspired and follows similar projects from other countries like the AIS(Australian Institute of Sport) in Canberra Australia, USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, & the EIS (English Institute of Sport). The first sports to be offered at Brazil's Olympic Training Center will be athletics, boxing, fencing, water sports, gymnastics, wrestling, judo, taekwondo, table tennis, archery, tennis, badminton and weight lifting.

Construction is due to begin in 2009 and be completed in 2011. The four venues are expected to cost about $195 million. The funds will come from the Ministry of Sports, from sponsorship contracts and tax incentive laws.


The Olympic Training Center’s operations will be managed by an agenda elaborated according to the main national and international sports events. Following to this calendar, interns in relevant sports will be invited. During this period, the athletes will undergo a battery of tests and will use the physical and professional structure to support their training. At the end, the athletes and the technical committee will return home to continue the training and disseminate knowledge acquired.

Venues & Facilities[edit]

Olympic Training Center facilities are four indoor arenas that are planned to be built in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue will consist of four separate arenas and will host a variety of events for the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics. Hall 1 will have a seating capacity of 16,000 spectators and will host the Olympic basketball games, and the Paralympic wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby games. Hall 2 will have a capacity of 10,000 spectators and will host the Olympic judo and wrestling events, and the Paralympic judo and boccia events. Hall 3 will also have a capacity of 10,000 spectators and will host the Olympic taekwondo competition, and the Paralympic volleyball tournaments. Hall 4 will have a capacity of 12,000 spectators and will host the Olympic handball matches, and the Paralympic goalball matches. The venue will also have the infrastructure to provide services in nutrition, physiotherap & sports medicine, athlete career support, physiological, biomechanical, psychological and biochemical assessment. As well as lecture halls & seminar rooms for education of the athletes.