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The Olympic Games in Rio is the first to be held in South America. Brazil and Rio de Janiero are home to a diverse population. It is claimed that Rio 2016 will be a catalyst for change in Rio leaving a positive legacy not only in sport, but also for society, the economy, urban infrastructure and the environment.

The population of Brazil is approximately 200 million. In August it is winter time in Rio de Janiero and the climate is mild to warm. The Olympic Village is located in the Barra Zone, in the Southwest of Rio.

Athletes and officials will be accommodated in 31 buildings with 17 floors each divided into seven condominiums. The apartments will have between two and five bedrooms. The Village will open at 8 am on July 24 and close at 6 pm on August 24. The village will have a plaza and a residential zone.

All access points into the Village will require appropriate accreditation and a security check of everyone and their personal items. Hosting an Olympic Games is a mammoth undertaking.

Back in 2009 when Rio was awarded the Games, there was much jubilation and celebration. With just 59 days to go, the mood is somewhat different. To many, it would appear as if this has been the most stressful pre games build up ever. The debate swings between Athens 2004 and Rio 2016.
I don’t believe Athens was subjected to the intense level of public scrutiny as Rio due to the simple fact that Rio 2016 has to face social media scrutiny.

Rio 2016 is facing a myriad of challenges that is most certainly testing the mettle and resilience of the South Americans. Conspiracy theorists suggest that some in the developed world want to see Rio fail and will do everything possible to highlight and profile the issues, problems and concerns.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC ) is challenged in different ways. Every Olympic games presents new and difficult challenges. It is the reality and consequences of how big a global event the Olympic Games have become. It is a fact of life that the Olympic Games are a target for any number of platforms - be they political, social and economic. Certainly we would, in the main, wish for the Olympics to be only about sport but that would be unreal. The Olympics is a magnet for good and bad, the positive and the negative.

The IOC can’t have its cake and eat it. It prides itself on the prestige, profile, stature and attention. So the fact that there is no hiding place to escape the intensity of the scrutiny ought not to be a surprise. The Olympic Games will attract the eyeballs of billions.

Countries such as Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) can either embrace the myriad opportunities or reject those opportunities. National Olympic Committees ( NOCs) can either advocate and convince decision makers and policy makers of the benefits or just let it slide.

T&T should grab the opportunities to market and promote brand Trinidad and Tobago. It is an accepted business strategy that in recession and down market times that investment in marketing and advertising should be increased. The Olympic Games is an opportunity that ought not be allowed to go to waste.

• Brian Lewis is president of the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC ). The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Olympic Committee. Support #10 Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund. Make your donations at any branch of Scotiabank account number #171188.

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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