THE COUNTDOWN TO THE 2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES IS ON
Thu 28 Jul 2016
With less than a week to go before Rio de Janeiro hosts the greatest show on earth, the countdown to the 2016 Olympic Games is on. Between 5th - 21st August, 10,500 of the world’s best athletes will compete with Olympic glory on their minds. Many will be seeking to win one or more of the 306 medals available, while others will hope they leave Rio with a personal best. Four venue clusters will host 42 disciplines across 28 sports, including the highly anticipated debut of the rugby sevens and golf competitions.
The Copacabana and Maracanã regions have long been favourites for locals and visitors alike while Barra and Deodoro are sure to provide plenty of lasting memories during the competition. With the football preliminaries starting two days before the opening ceremony and archery ranking on 5th August, there will be a total of 19 days of competition. The United States and China are expected to battle it out for the top spot on the medal tally, while the locals will be cheering on their hometown heroes as they chase a top-10 finish.
Large sections of Rio have been transformed and rejuvenated especially for the Games, ensuring the event is on track to be one of the most memorable on record and provide a lasting legacy for residents. It is anticipated that half a million tourists will fly into Rio de Janeiro for the XXXI Olympiad.
Rio Olympic News:
- Team GB have been set a target of making Rio 2016 their most successful overseas Olympics by winning 48 medals.
- UK Sport has invested £350m of public money into elite sport since 2012, and says Britain could win as many as 79 medals.
- Britain won 65 medals as the host of London 2012, having won 47 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Russia will not receive a blanket ban from Rio 2016 following the country's doping scandal.
- Usain Bolt allayed his Rio 2016 fitness fears with victory in the 200M at the Anniversary Games in London.
- Chris Froome has spoken of his desire to emulate Sir Bradley Wiggins' achievement in 2012 of following his Tour de France victory with Olympic gold.
- Several high-profile tennis players have pulled out of the Rio games, citing fears over the Zika virus as a contributing factor.
A Look Back to London 2012:
During the long hot summer of 2012, Smart Hospitality were the proud caterers at the Olympic Hospitality Centre within the Olympic Park at the London 2012 Olympics. The OHC was the official venue for marketing partners' hospitality for London 2012, developed by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG). Overseen by Smart Group’s Executive Head Chef David Ridgway, Smart Hospitality provided world class corporate hospitality to VIPs, visiting Heads of State, international employees, athletes and competition prize winner guests of the IOC and 10 major sponsors within their own bespoke suites.
Each Suite had a catering offering tailored to their needs, timing and entertainment requirements. Hospitality was delivered from 11am – 11pm daily and with a supporting 24-hour operation, as a variety of catering was required throughout the day, from Champagne and canapé receptions during presentations, to buffet stations between events and formal dining options in the evenings.
Devised by Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett, menus involved delivering over 100 dishes a day containing over 800 ingredients. A vast array of dishes were created to reflect themes (such as a quintessentially British theme for the opening ceremony, and Brazilian for the closing ceremony), as well as the international diversity of guests whilst always using purely British and ethical products.
Re-live the magic of the London 2012 Olympic Games here.
The Paralympic Games will take place in Rio from 7th-18th September 2016.
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