The South American Championships provided the base of the Aquece Rio Test Event, with the participation of Germany, Thailand and the USA as well.
Tested elements on Olympic level focused on the Field of Play and its operation, including ITOs, NTOs, Workforce, Sports Specific Volunteers; Technical and Information System (Results) and Sports Presentation.
The competition was held in Carioca 1 (Basketball venue for the Games) while Training in Carioca 2 (Judo / Wrestling venue for the Games) in order to avoid temporary installations (spectators’ tribune, offices, functional rooms, etc.) in Riocentro, the Weightlifting venue for the Games.
All 98 athletes from 13 countries participated had excellent conditions to participate at their best, proved by Almir Velagic (GER) winning in +105kg with a personal record (241kg) providing a worthy finish of the Test Event.
The home favorite, Fernando Reis had to withdraw after a small injury in Snatch not to risk the Olympic dreams.
Aquece Rio was attended by the newly appointed Sports Minister of Brazil, Ricardo Leyser and Rio2016 senior officials, Agberto Giumaraes, Executive Director for Sports and Rodrigo Garcia, Sports Director among others.
Congratulations to Pedro Meloni, Weightlifting Manager and his Team and to Jose Quinones, President of South American Confederation.