Rio 2016 venue for fencing unveiled in Olympic Park

Carioca Arena 3 will be a central part of the post-Games legacy in Barra Olympic Park (Photo: Rio City Government/Beth Santos)

Carioca Arena 3, which will become a sport-focused high school, inaugurated to celebrate six months until the Paralympic Games

“The atmosphere here is incredible, you can already feel the energy from the stands, just imagine when they are full”

So said Williams Araújo, Brazil’s world no.1 ranked judoka in the +100kg catergory, after helping unveil Carioca Arena 3 in Barra Olympic Park on Sunday (6 March). Araújo, who is likely to be one of the stars of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, was one of the first athletes to perform at the arena that will host Paralympic judo in September after staging taekwondo and fencing during the Olympic Games in August.

“I believe these Paralympic Games will be the most exciting in history”

Williams Araújo

Carioca Arena 3 has 10,000 seats and – like Carioca Arena 1, which was inaugurated in January – has been built to offer the highest standards of accessibility for athletes and spectators. “It’s very spacious here inside, it’s easy to move about,” said judoka Karla Cardoso, who performed alongside Araújo and Roberto Julian.

Educational legacy

After the Games, Carioca 3 will become an Olympic Experimental School (GEO in Portuguese) with space for 1,000 full-time students. The city government has already initiated three of these special institutions in other parts of Rio. They combine academic teaching with top-level sports training.

With 24 classrooms, plus science and media labs, Carioca Arena 3 will be the largest of the GEOs, offering pupils and youngsters from social projects with facilities for judo, badminton, basketball, wrestling, table tennis, archery, handball, football, volleyball, gymnastics and weight training. < See more >

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