2016 Rio Olympics; Judo and wrestling venue officially inaugurated

Judo and Wrestling Venue

The Olympic venue for judo and wrestling at Rio 2016 has been officially inaugurated.

Keys for the Carioca Arena 2, which will also host boccia during the Paralympics, were handed to Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman by the city’s mayor Eduardo Paes.

The pair were joined by Christope Dubi, the International Olympic Committee’s sports director, and Brazil’s new Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani, who was on his first official engagement.

After the Games, the venue will become part of the Olympic Training Centre – which organisers hope will be a major sporting legacy for Rio 2016.

Training facilities will be available for wrestling, as well as weightlifting, badminton, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics and table tennis.

Judo and Wrestling Venue (Arena 2)

Brazilian judoka Sarah Menezes who won under 48kg gold at the London 2012 Olympics, was among athletes who were also present at the launch.

A judo test event was held in March after a wrestling warm-up in January, but both were staged in Carioca Arena 1 as the Olympic venue neared completion.

The Riocentro Pavilion 6, the venue for boxing and sitting volleyball, was inaugurated earlier this month.

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