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Rio 2016 Olympic Games LogoThe Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Games unveiled its Olympic Games logo yesterday evening at an event held on the famous Copacabana beach.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, Rio 2016 Organising Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Brazil's Minister of Sport Orlando Silva and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes were present for the launch of the logo, which was designed by the agency Tátil, based in Rio de Janeiro.

The unveiling was also attended by millions of spectators who were on the beach to enjoy the annual end-of-year fireworks.

Tátil won the right to design the logo after a tough selection process that initially involved 139 bidding agencies. These were eventually whittled down to just eight agencies (four from Rio de Janeiro, two from São Paulo and two from Curitiba), who had their creative designs evaluated closely on the basis of brand originality, creativity and applicability.

The Rio 2016 Games will be the first Games to take place in South America.

Find out more about the new logo on the Rio 2016 website:

Hello, we’re the official London 2012 mascots: Wenlock, the Olympic mascot and Mandeville, the Paralympic mascot.

We were created from the last two drops of British steel used for the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. That’s why we’re so shiny, reflecting the people, places and things we meet along the way as we travel around the UK. You might see yourself reflected if we meet you!

We’ll be capturing everything we learn as we go – of course, we’re especially excited to find out about all the Olympic and Paralympic sports.

We’re really focused on our final destination – the Games in London in 2012! Hope to see you there!

Mandeville the Paralympic Mascot

Wenlock the Olympic Mascot





This draft schedule is correct as at 15 October 2010. The final sport schedule will be released in March 2011.

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Trinidad and Tobago to train in Cardiff before London 2012
08 Dec 2010

Members of the TnT Athletic-Track TeamCardiff has been chosen as the pre-London 2012 training camp by Trinidad and Tobago, whose team is expected to include sprinter Richard Thompson who is set to be one of Usain Bolt's main challengers at the Olympics.

The Caribbean country are the first Olympic team to sign-up to train in Wales and join Australia and South Africa, whose Paralympic squads have already announced that they will base themselves there before the Games.

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) revealed that they chose Cardiff because of its cutting-edge sports science and medical services that the Welsh capital offers.

TTOC president Larry Romany said: "After considering many options for our training location in the UK, we are very pleased with our choice of Cardiff.

"We have been impressed by the range of world class facilities we will be using and by the enthusiastic support of our friends in Wales in assisting our final athlete preparations for London 2012."

Welsh Assembly Government First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "I'm delighted that the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee has chosen Wales as their location for pre-Games training ahead of London 2012.

"The decision reflects the hard work put in by the Welsh Assembly Government and its partners over the past few months and shows that Wales has the kind of facilities and infrastructure that Olympic teams are looking for. I'm sure they will receive a warm Welsh welcome during their stay."

Trinidad and Tobago sent a team of 28 athletes to Beijing in 2008, the majority of whom were track and field competitors.

They made up 23 members of the team with the rest being completed by three swimmers, a shooter and a table tennis player.

The team won two medals, both silver, thanks to Thompson, who finished second to Bolt in the 100m, and then the men's 4x100m relay team, who came second to Jamaica.

Sebastian Coe, the chairman of London 2012, welcomed the news of the latest country to agree a deal to train in Britain.

"It's great to hear that national Olympic committees from around the world are developing strong relationships with the UK to aid their training in advance of London 2012," he said.

"And it's fantastic to know that with less than two years to go plans are being developed to maximise benefits for both nations across sporting, educational and cultural agendas.

"I wish Trinidad and Tobago and their Welsh colleagues all the very best in their preparations for London 2012."

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