The BOC celebrates the success of the second edition of the Brazilian Olympic Congress

The event gathered the main agents of Brazilian sport in Salvador (BA) for two days. Among the participants were over 40 Olympic medalists.

The BOC celebrates the success of the second edition  of the Brazilian Olympic Congress
Paulo Wanderley, presidente do COB, e Rogério Sampaio, diretor geral do COB, no encerramento do II Congresso Olímpico Brasileiro. Foto: Saulo Cruz/COB

The second edition of the Brazilian Olympic Congress ended this Sunday, the 20th, in Salvador (BA). Over two days, the Bahia capital was transformed into the meeting point of the main agents of sport in Brazil. The event organized by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) was impressive due to the quality of the lectures of the over 30 Brazilian and international specialists and the environment that gathered sporting experiences and much knowledge exchange on behalf of the development of sport in the country. The over 600 participants who bought all the tickets had contact with new Olympic sports, trends, technologies, and, to boot, the privilege of having contact with athletes and coaches who, altogether, won over 70 Olympic medals. With the main theme of "Planning, a reference for the future for Olympic Sport", the meeting marked an important step of the BOC in the Olympic cycle that will culminate in Paris 2024.  

"I am very satisfied. Our first Brazilian Olympic Congress was in São Paulo in 2019, and this second edition certainly surpassed it in terms of quality. From the viewpoint of the public, with all the precautions in terms of security, it was a success, with sold-out tickets. The themes discussed in the lectures were extremely relevant and stimulating. The Congress marks a turning point, and now effectively have our minds on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games", stated Paulo Wanderley, the president of the BOC, who embarks for the host country of the Games in the middle of the year to close agreements with cities that will serve as training bases for the Brazilian athletes in preparation for the competition. 

The Salvador Convention Center, the event site, experienced an Olympic Village atmosphere for two days. The experience began right at the entrance with the possibility of the participant experiencing new sports such as breaking and skateboarding, besides experimenting in archery and shooting clinics. The BOC Olympic Laboratory created an exclusive area where it presented the main technological innovations in sports sciences.  

The Olympic Congress also had a large space for valuing the Olympic history. One of the highlights of the event was the tribute to three great legends of Brazilian sport: Aurélio Miguel, an Olympic champion in Seoul 1988; Fofão, an Olympic champion in Beijing 2008; and Servílio de Oliveira, the first Brazilian Olympic medalist in boxing, winner of the bronze medal in Mexico 1968, who eternalized their hands for the BOC Hall of Fame. 

"All the goals of the Olympic Congress were reached. We managed to gather professionals from the most varied areas of sport and, all together in the same place, developed very important conversations. I already have on my mind some ideas to put into practice the following months that will guide the development of Olympic sport in the short, medium, and long terms", commented Rogério Sampaio, the director-general of the BOC.  

Over 40 Olympic medalists attended the Congress. Among them was gymnast Rebeca Andrade, who attended this Sunday. She was impressed with the quality of the event and highlighted the importance of forums such as this one for the evolution of Brazilian sport. "To me, as an athlete, it is a great privilege to be here and see this huge knowledge exchange among professionals from so many different fields of sport, the number of people who are here wishing to learn. It is always very good to open our eyes to everything that is happening for the evolution of sports, to everything that we can still transform. This event is an incredible opportunity for all of us", praised Rebeca, who currently divides her training sessions with her Psychology studies.  

The second and last day of the event had two lectures on the main stage. Lenny Abbey, the leader of engagement of the International Olympic Committee, spoke about the Agenda 2020+5, while Carlos Júlio, one of the most requested speakers in the country, closed the schedule with the theme "Reinventing Yourself". The debate stage also had an important discussion about anti-doping control. Sunday also marked the launch of the Olympic Memory project of the BOC and the announcement of the winners of the Sport Innovation Award. The creators of the winning project, 'Sistema Isports para Talentos Esportivos', were contemplated with a trip to Paris to follow the 2024 Olympic Games. 

"I am very happy and satisfied. It was a long process, of one year and a half, of building this second edition of the Congress, with a pandemic in the middle. It was a long journey, we had to reduce the public, but we remained faithful to the goals. In terms of content, we were able to talk about many actions the BOC is developing; we brought new sports, a gigantic operation. People are getting to know the congress more and more, and it has already transformed itself into a great product of the BOC. We leave here with extremely relevant contents, and now is the time to return home and implement all the knowledge absorbed at the Olympic Congress", highlighted Soraya Carvalho, the manager of the Brazilian Olympic Institute, the Education area of the BOC.

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