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Brazil Medals Plan

The Brazil Medals Plan was launched on 13 September 2012 by President Dilma Rousseff and the Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo. The plan brought with it a new level of investment for sport, aimed at the preparation of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The aim of the Brazil Medals Plan is for Brazil to finish the Olympic Games in one of the top ten positions for the first time ever. For the 2016 Paralympic Games the target is bolder, as the aim is for Brazil to finish in the top five positions, something never achieved before.

Through the Brazil Medals Plan, R$ 1 billion will be invested between 2013 and 2016. Resources from the Brazil Medals Plan are allocated to two different fronts: programmes to support athletes and tthe building, refurbishing and equipping of training centres.

The plan will invest in 21 Olympic and 15 Paralympic sports. The Olympic sports included in the Brazil Medals Plan are: open water swimming (aquatic marathon), athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, BMX, women’s football, artistic gymnastics, equestrian (show jumping), judo, wrestling, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, shooting, triathlon, sailing, volleyball and beach volleyball.

The Paralympic sports included in the Brazil Medals Plan are: athletics, bowls, canoeing, cycling, wheelchair fencing, 5-a-side and 7-a-side football, goalball, powerlifting, equestrian, judo, swimming, rowing, table tennis and sitting volleyball.

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Support to the athlete

The 2016 Brazil Medals Plan regulates instruments established by Law 12,395, sanctioned in March 2011, which pointed out the foundations to increase the level of high performance sport. The Podium Programme was developed, which includes a new category of the Athlete Grant Programme – the Podium grant – with subsidies between R$ 5 thousand and R$ 15 thousand.

In addition, the Brazil Medals Plan includes resources for the acquisition of sport equipment and hiring of multidisciplinary teams (up to R$ 20 thousand per athlete). The plan also includes support for training and competition for athletes in Brazil and abroad, by paying costs related to air fares and per diems.

The other Athlete Grant categories (student, junior, national, international and Olympic/Paralympic) have been kept with the current criteria and in the Ministry of Sport’s regular budget.

Training Centres

Another aspect of the Brazil Medals Plan will allocate resources for the construction, refurbishment and operation of training centres, selected together with the Olympic and Paralympic Committees, national confederations, clubs, states and municipalities. The support also anticipates the acquisition of sport equipment.

Sponsorship from state owned companies

State owned companies will invest in Brazilian Olympic and Paralympic sports with the 2016 Games in mind. Six companies (Banco do Brasil, Federal Savings Bank, Petrobras, Postal Services BNDES and Banco do Nordeste) are taking part in the Brazil Medals Plan.