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Last updated: 11 May 2023

The Environmental Impact of the Olympic Games 2016

The biggest sport event in the world of 2016 is just around the corner, taking place in South America for the first time in history. Rio De Janeiro has been preparing for the Olympics since the city was selected in Copenhagen in 2009 by the International Olympic Committee.

More than 10,000 athletes from all over the world are expected to participate at the Rio Games held in 4 different locations: Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Maracanã and Deodoro.

The infrastructures and arrangements requested to host the Olympic Games are huge compared to any other existing sport event and therefore, more complicated to manage. Moreover, according to the IOC, in addition to Sport and Culture, the Environment is also a priority of Olympism.

FUN FACT:although it is the first time that Rio hosts the Olympics, it is not the first time that the city joins the environmental debate. In 1992 Rio hosted the Earth Summit, which the IOC attended for the first time, laying the groundwork for the future incorporation of environmental sustainability into the Olympism.

We at Greenmatch UK believe in sustainable living and travelling and it is the same for the Rio 2016 Committee who came up with several powerful solutions with the goal of reducing the impact of the Games on the environment. Actually, the official website claims that this edition will be the most sustainable in history.

We made an infographic firstly showing the threats on the environment and secondly presenting their respective solutions.

Infographic about the environmental impact of Rio 2016

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