Canadians approve facilities that will receive athletes in Rio 2011 Games
Qua, 02 de Fevereiro de 2011 09:20
The Canadian delegation ended on Friday (28th) their visit in Rio de Janeiro. For three days, the group made up of Denis Gaboury, International Sports Manager of the Personnel and Family Support Programs and Services of the Canadian Forces, and National Sport Manager, Sandra Campbell, knew the facilities that will hold the 5th Military World Games Rio 2011, next July. They were also in the three athletes´ villages that are being built by the Operational Planning Committee (CPO) to accommodate about 6,000 athletes. "My message to the Brazilians is of thankfulness. The organizing committee is working hard to make this the largest military competition of all time. I worked in three other editions of the other Military World Games and I see that Brazil is bringing the quality of the competition to another level, being ahead in terms of organization and, especially, quality of venues and accommodation for athletes. I was really impressed", said Gaboury.
Meet the sports facilities of Rio 2011 games
The Canadian delegation visited all the facilities of Rio 2011 Games and the three Athletes´ Villages. According to Gaboury, the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, the HSBC Arena and João Havelange Olympic Stadium, also known as Engenhão which will host the Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as the athletics events and football games, will be the greatest attractions of the 5th MWG.
"I knew Maracanãzinho, which is a great gymnasium, but did not know the HSBC Arena. It is a wonderful gymnasium. The water park, located beside it is also excellent", he said.
"We will make presentations to the team leader and all the coaches so that our athletes can have the best preparation possible for the Games. Also, we will send the material we gathered to the Caribbean nations which can not afford to visit the facilities of the host country", said Campbell, anxious about the beginning of the competition. "I'm curious to see the full “Engenhão”. It must be an unforgettable experience".
Canada will fight for medals in five categories
Canada will compete in ten of the 20 sports that make up the program of the 5th Military World Games Rio 2011 which will be held on July 16-24 in Rio de Janeiro. It is estimated that about 190 people from that country enter the competition, including 140 athletes, the largest delegation in the history of the country in the competition.
"We have very strong teams in fencing and taekwondo. I believe that we will fight for titles in both sports", said Gaboury, adding that the country will fight for the podium in five sports. The other eight sports that will have representatives are: track and field, basketball, football, swimming, shooting, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.
Learn more about the sports in Rio 2011 Games
However, in team sports, Canadian´s place is not guaranteed yet and it depends on the ranking to be released by the International Military Sports Committee (CISM). The country will not have representation in the five typically military sports that are part of the Games: the Naval, Aeronautical and Military Pentathlon, as well as orienteering and parachuting.