The 110 metres Hurdles (100 meters for the female counterpart) is a hurdling track event inside the Olympic competitions since 1830. The main athletic complex in the city of Rio is hosted inside the Military School of physical education (ESEFEX), underneath the Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf mountain).
In Rio de Janeiro, sports are life – and life is not a spectator sport. Little playing fields steal back space from the asphalt and traffic circles, defying cars and buildings alike. They creep in amongst the steep and winding streets and are sketched into the golden sands that have made this city immortal. Rain forests and granitic cliffs are a testing ground, where distinctions of gender, race or religion cease to exist. The differences between high and low are made level. Kids from the favelas that cling to the hillsides come down into the city, losing themselves among the well-heeled from Ipanema and Leblon. A surfboard, a soccer ball or a skateboard is all it takes to make them indistinguishable. Social background doesn’t matter for the players of the Flamengo basketball team; differences sink when the girls from the Brazil national synchronized swimming team, twirl in the water.
In Brazil, the democratic nature of sports is, after all, guaranteed under the Constitution. Article 217 of the Brazilian Federal Constitution – adopted in 1988, four years after the horrors of dictatorship had come to an end – describes sports as a social right, for which the State is, at least in part, responsible. Whether as a consequence of its constitutional obligation or of an inclination to comply with its people’s wishes, the most recent census of the State of Rio, conducted in 2003, counted 155 stadiums, 1,685 playing fields, 367 swimming pools, and 39 athletics tracks. As recently as 2012, the local government spent 56 million reais (18 million euros) on “social sports” activities – not on the World Cup, with its controversy, nor even on the Olympics, with its expectations, but on its inhabitants’ daily battle to achieve their potential through motion.
The Complexo Esportivo da Rocinha (Rocinha sports complex). Rocinha is considered the Brazil’s largest favela, with its 56 thousand inhabitants, and this sport center represents an important element of the pacification process. The Sport complex is connected with the favela by a footbridge designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Baseball became an official Olympic sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics. In the Baseball field of Rodrigo de Freitas in Lagoa, the Cariocas Beisebol and Softball Clubs trainings are held every week under the wise supervision of Erick Nakano, who practiced this sport in Japan on a professional level.
The archery events of the Summer Olympics in Rio will be staged in the Sambodrome Marques de Sapucai. Two athletes of the Brazilian Olimpic archery team are posing in the archery training center of the city, hosted inside the Military School of physical education, underneath the Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf mountain).
Olympic weightlifting is an athletic discipline of the modern Olympic programme. Bodybuilding is almost a religion in Rio, and the Arpoador free open air gym is the most complete gym, with a magnificent panoramic view on the city. Arpoador (literally, the harpoon thrower) is a small peninsula between Ipanema and Copacabana and is considered one of the best metropolitan surf and athletic spots of the city.
In Rio de Janeiro the beach is one of the main spots for any kind of sport, including boxe. In the beach of Barra, more precisely at the Praia do Pepe, there is the club of Boxe da Praia (beach boxe), where people can train every morning from 6:00 to 12:00.
Kids lying in a soccer field in the complex of the Barcelona Football School, in barra da Tijuca, the biggest forest inside the city of Rio. With 800 young athletes, it is one of the most prestigious sports schools in town.
The “clube de remo Botafogo” is one of the 3 rowing clubs of Rio de Janeiro. All of them are located at the Lagoa, the big lake next to the Ipanema beach. Every day many athletes train rowing from 6 in the morning until 10:00, and again from 18:00 to 20:00. The Lagoa will be one of the locations used for the next olympic games.
Beach volleyball has been an official Olympic sport since 1996. In the beach of Ipanema people start their morning training at 6 a.m. This famous beach, located in the South zone of Rio, between Leblon and Arpoador, is widely known by the song “The girl from Ipanema” written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes.
Running is one of the most popular sports in Rio de Janeiro and many people also train for marathon, one of the first sports to belong to Olympic Games. Every day many people run long distances all along the beaches of the city and also around the Lagoa, the big lake next to Ipanema (where this photo was taken).
The cycling competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are to be held at four venues scheduled to host Eighteen events between 6th and the 21st of August. An urban cyclist is posing in the Parque Garota de Ipanema behind Ipanema beach, widely known by the song “The girl from Ipanema” written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes.
Two women are posing with all their golf bats at the Gávea Golf and Country Club, the main golf club of Rio de Janeiro. The fields are just one kilometer far from the beach of São Conrado. For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, this year golf will be one of the official sports.
long jump training inside the Military School of physical education (ESEFEX), underneath the Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf mountain).
The Clube de Regatas do Flamengo is one of the biggest sports clubs in the city. It is a private club and it is located at the beginning of Leblon, one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro. In the club there are 3 pools, as well as fields and courts for soccer, basket and volleyball, and a number of tennis courts. Four of the club’s many tennis teachers are posing in this picture.
All around the Lagoa (the lake between Ipanema and Corcovado) there are many different little playing fields and areas dedicated to sports, including two skate parks. Every day, many teenagers come to these places to do their favorite sport, skateboarding. Skateboarding is a common sport in Rio, and different sorts of teenagers do it, from the rich kids from Leblon to the poorest kids from the favelas in the northern part of the city.
A group of children are posing on the biggest playing field in the Favela da Coroa. This field is located at the top of the favela, which is one of the biggest around the central part of Rio de Janeiro and, in the past, was known as one of the most violent. Today, the favela has been pacified by the UPP (Police Pacification Unit) and the violence has almost disappeared.
At the Ipanema beach, people do many different sports, but one of the most common is definitely stand up paddle surfing. There are also a number of schools that teach it, especially in the area close to the Arpoador Rock. In this picture, teacher and beginners are posing together.
All around the Lagoa, there are numerous little playing fields and areas dedicated to sports, including two skate parks. Every day, many teenagers come to these places to do their favorite sport, skateboarding. Skateboarding is a common sport in Rio, and different sorts of teenagers do it, from the rich kids from Leblon to the poorest kids from the favelas in the northern part of the city. In this photo, there are teenagers from both of ends of this class spectrum. In this park, they always skate together.
Yoga lesson in Parque do Flamengo.
A group of children are posing on the biggest playing field in the Favela Vidigal. From the top of the favela, the view of Ipanema is amazing. This is why, today, many middle class people are buying houses there. They say, -Now that this favela has been pacified, Vidigal is the place to be in Rio!- Every day, hundreds of children play different kinds of sports (but mostly soccer) in the many little playing fields within the favela.
In the Parque do Flamengo, there are many different playing fields, courts and other areas dedicated to different sports. People can play soccer, volleyball, hockey, basketball and tennis, as well as go skateboarding, running and biking. In this photo, 6 basketball players are posing on the closest field to the highway that runs through Rio. The one with the red shorts is Andrè Klun, a former professional player (he played for 2 years on the Italian Virtus Roma team). He?s now the coach of the Flamengo basketball team.
Elivelton is 22 years old. He was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro and he?s a soldier in the Brazilian Army. In this picture, he is posing inside the Parkour training center, a public space specifically designed and built for parkour. This is a new sport in Rio de Janeiro and only a few people practice it. Nonetheless, the municipality decided to build a space in the Catete neighbourhood dedicated to this sport.
This soccer field is in the center of Santa Teresa, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Rio De Janeiro. The playing field is cement. Every weekend it hosts a large number of small soccer matches. Many little neighborhood teams go there to play. There are people of different ages on these teams, with players ranging from 6 to 60 years old.
A soccer field in Parque do Flamengo.
At the Parque do Flamengo, there are many different playing fields, courts and areas dedicated to sport. People can play soccer, volleyball, tennis, hockey and basketball, as well as go running, biking, rollerblading and skateboarding. In this photo, Leaf is posing with his hockey equipment.
Leaf is Brazilian, but he grew up in Denmark, where he also learned to play hockey. He moved back to Brazil few years ago and today he plays on a small rollerblade hockey team.
The Flamengo synchronized swimming team is the current champion of Brazil. The girls on the team go to train at the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. This picture was taken there on one of their training days.
Arpoador Rock is the most famous place in the city for surfers. Every day, many of them go there to ride the big waves that roll in from the Atlantic Ocean. This place is a little natural paradise, although it lies very close to the large buildings of Copacabana and Ipanema. Adriana, a novice surfer, is posing lying on the rock with her board.
Beach tennis is a new sport in Rio. The first courts for playing it were built by an Italian, who came to Rio 8 years ago from Romagna (Italy), the place where this sport was first invented, with the idea of exporting beach tennis to Brazil. Gianluca’s place, Ipanema500, is famous in Rio, and today there are many people who play this sport. He is also the coach of a team and he organizes international competitions on these courts.
All around the Lagoa (the lake between Ipanema and Corcovado) there are numerous different little playing fields and areas dedicated to sports, including two public tennis courts. Every day, many people, mostly around the age of 40, go there to play tennis. Most of the tennis courts in Rio are on private property, but these two are public and it is free to go there and play. This helps the poorest people, who can’t afford to pay to join a private club, giving them a place to go and practice this sport.