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  • Press Release -- Rio 2016 Honors Commonwealth Youth Games


    Representatives of the candidature of Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are attending the Commonwealth Youth Games, which started on October 12th, in Pune, India. The event brings together 1,300 athletes from 71 countries who are competing in nine sports: athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.

    For the 2016 Rio candidature, the relationship between sport, youth and culture is fundamental. In September, a team participated in the International Olympic Committee’s Sixth World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture.

    President of the Rio commission, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and Mario Cilenti, the commission’s director of international relations, are in Pune for the youth games.

    "We had to participate in this event," Nuzman said. "The Commonwealth Youth Games are focused on young people and on culture, and the games help to spread Olympic values around the world. It is an initiative that can be identified with the ideals of Rio de Janeiro's candidature to the 2016 Games. We came to learn and we will take good ideas home to enhance our project."

    This is the third Commonwealth Youth Games and the first time the games have been held in Asia. The competition serves as preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in New Delhi, India.

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