462 Athletes compose Brazil Team for the Olympic Games Rio 2016

Brazil has record-size delegation with 806 accredited people including athletes and officials

07/18/2016 08:54 PM

This is official: Brazil Team for Rio 2016 will have a record number of athletes in a single edition of the Games. This Monday, July 18, the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) registered 462 athletes to compose the Brazilian delegation for the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The registration took place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Village, by the Brazilian Chef de Mission, Bernard Rajzman, and Deputy Chefs de Mission Marcus Vinicius Freire and Gustavo Harada. There will be 209 women and 253 men. The previous record number happened at Beijing 2008, when Brazil competed with 277 athletes (132 women and 145 men). The entire delegation will count on 806 members, among athletes and officials (coaches, physical trainers, doctors...). Apart from the accredited people there are about 200 other professionals to care for the Brazilian athletes in the exclusive Brazil Team centers. 

“We have concluded an important stage in the preparation of the Brazilian delegation. We had a long meeting during which all the details were addressed”, said Bernard Rajzman. “Brazil Team received the best preparation ever, crowned by the absolute record in the number of participants for the national delegation in a single edition of the Games”, concluded the Chef de Mission.

The disciplines with the largest number of athletes in Rio 2016 are: athletics (67), soccer (36), swimming (33), handball (28) and water polo (26).

Brazil will make its debut in five disciplines during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: badminton, trampoline gymnastics, golf, grass hockey and rugby. Besides, Brazil Team will also compete for the first time in the following events: women’s speed canoeing, women’s water polo, men’s artistic gymnastics team, team synchronized swimming and synchronized diving.

Part of the Brazilian mission is already accommodated in the Rio 2016 Olympic Village, even before its official opening, scheduled for Sunday, July 24. “We are putting together the entire structure for the Brazil Team. When the athletes arrive here, everything will be ready for them”, said Bernard.

The first Brazilian teams to enter the Olympic Village next Sunday July 24 will be:  Slalom Canoeing, Track Cycling, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Grass Hockey, Diving, Archery, Sports Shooting – Rifle, Pistol and Skeet.