The Olympic Games go well beyond competitions, medals and ceremonies. The impact of the Olympics also extends beyond the weeks of Olympic and Paralympic events. Apart from the message of peace, overcoming obstacles, and a general feeling of brotherhood between nations which are the core values of the Games, there is also what has become known as the Olympic legacy. For the host city, it means the infrastructure, economic growth and investments in sports, just to name a few.
When we talk about Olympic legacy, infrastructure is the most important element. The Brazilian government has invested a total of BRL 24.6 (USD 7.54) billion in construction projects including new sports arenas, improvements to the transportation systems, work in avoiding flooding, treatment of the sewerage in Guanabara Bay, revitalization of the port area, and the establishment of new laboratories. These are just some of the legacies of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
However, the construction work is by no means restricted to Rio de Janeiro, the Marvellous City. There is also the investment in other cities that have hosted football matches. The cities of Salvador (Bahia), Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), Brasília (Federal District), Manaus (Amazonas) and São Paulo (São Paulo State), where some refurbishments were made for and during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, have also gone through substantial enhancements, mainly in stadiums and airports.
Also, the new buildings in Rio de Janeiro have applied the concept of nomad architecture. This idea seeks to alleviate a common problem after major events like the Olympics, in which expensive buildings end up unused once the competitions are over.
Thanks to this initiative, the Arena do Futuro (Future Arena) shall be converted into four schools, with 17 classrooms each, once the Olympics and Paralympics are over. The Water Sports Stadium shall be turned into two training centres which can be assembled in any Brazilian city.
The core Olympic values are a symbol of the competition and hailed throughout the world. In Brazil, such values shall be applied after the weeks with Olympic games. It is because the Olympics have also brought with them the Transforma (Transform) programme which is to benefit about 28,000 students from the state school network in Rio de Janeiro. This project includes tips for teachers and support materials for the promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle among the students. The Transforma project can be adopted by institutions throughout the country.
Culture is one of the banners that have been raised during the Olympic Games and, in Brazil, this shall be given prominence in the Celebra programme. The project is focused on the urban space, celebrating the Brazilian cultural diversity and counting on artistic contributions in areas such as the visual arts, the performing arts, literature, music, dance and modern art. The Celebra project also creates a timeline of Brazilian music, developed in partnership with the National Art Foundation (Funarte). This free platform can be accessed at http://timelinemusicabrasileira.org.br/