Overview of Rio de Janeiro
Youth & Sports
Sport Initiation Centre (CIE)
One of the biggest legacies of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the mainstreaming of sport at the national level. Therefore, Sport Initiation Centres (CIE) have come about as a critical tool for this process.
Sport Initiation Centres are gymnasiums built so that children and young people may be prompted to start practicing several Olympic and Paralympic sports.
CIEs will have structure to cater for the following Olympic sports, distributed according to the size of the centre: athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, fencing, futsal, artistic gymnastics, trampolining gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, handball, judo, weightlifting, wrestling, taekwondo, table tennis and volleyball. The Paralympic sports on offer are: wheelchair fencing, judo, powerlifting, table tennis, sitting volleyball and goalball.
Athlete in school (Atleta na Escola)
It might be impossible to measure the full effect that the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro may have on Brazilian society. For the first time in history, a South American country will host the biggest competitions on the planet and the fact that Brazil was chosen, has driven several sport focused federal government programmes.
Therefore, one of the most important legacies the 2016 Games will leave for Brazil is the mainstreaming of the idea that sport can, indeed, change the lives of thousands of people. This does not mean that every young Brazilian will become a high performance athlete. But it does mean that the 2016 Games will have the power of radically changing the way in which our children and adolescents see sport in their lives.
With this in mind, the federal government implemented the Athlete in School (Atleta na Escola) programme, with a view to democratising access to sport throughout the country. The initiative encourages the practice of sport in schools among basic education students. In addition to stimulating the development of a school athlete, reinforcing sport related values in them, such as discipline, perseverance and loyalty, the Athlete in School (Atleta na Escola) programme intends to identify and guide young talent.
Second Half (Segundo Tempo)/More Education (Mais Educação)
The Second Half (Segundo Tempo) programme was designed in 2003 with the aim of democratising access to the practice of sport in the country. The idea behind the initiative is to promote the full development of children, adolescents and young people, thus, enhancing quality of life and citizenship in socially vulnerable areas. Since then, the Ministry of Sport has strived to integrate its educational sport policy with the current national educational policy, with the aim of encouraging the practice of sports in schools.
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