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Created in 2003 by the Lula government, the City Sports and Leisure Project Project (Pelc) makes it possible for all age groups as well as people with disabilities to practice physical, cultural and leisure activities. In addition, it encourages social interaction and the training of coaches and community leaders while fostering research and the dissemination of knowledge, contributing to sports and leisure activities being treated as universal policies and rights.

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Launched in 2013, the Athlete in the School program is a partnership between the federal government, states, Federal District, municipalities and the Brazilian Olympic and Paralympic committees. The objectives are to encourage the practice of sports, make access to sports more democratic, develop and disseminate Olympic and Paralympic values among teenage students, stimulate the formation of school athletes and identify and guide talented young athletes.

 

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CIEs to develop high performance sports in at-risk areas

A model of a Sports Initiation Center for Sports; CEIs will be the great legacy of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics / Picture: Ministry of SportsOne of the greatest sports infrastructure legacies of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games will benefit Brazilians in 263 municipalities in 27 states, through 285 Sports Initiation Centers (CIEs).

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One of the main actions of the 2016 Brazil Medals Plan, the Podium Grant program distributes monthly amounts between R$ 5,000 and R$ 15,000 for athletes who are among the 20 best in the world and can compete for a place on a podium in 2016.
In addition to athletes, coaches also can receive grants (up to R$ 10,000 per month).

The federal government also is working to build or renovate 22 training centers (21 Olympic sports and one for the Paralympic Games), following the recommendation of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) to unify all sports in one location.

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Placing Brazil among the top ten countries in the Olympics and in the top five in the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 is the goal of the Brazil Medals 2016 Plan, launched in 2012 by President Dilma.

The plan is investing R$ 1 billion in the Olympic cycle that began in 2013 and ends in 2016. Of these, two-thirds come from the Federal Budget (OGU) and one-third from state-owned companies. These funds are new; that is, they will be added to the R$ 1.5 billion that the federal government already has invested in Olympic sports.

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In 2014,the Athlete Grant program reached its fullest extent, covering 7,752 athletes in the following categories: Student (313), Base (290), National (4,875), International (1,808), Olympic/Paralympic (247) and Podium (219). Grants range from R$ 370 (Student and Base categories) to R$ 3,100 (Olympic/Paralympic), while the Podium category awards higher and more variable amounts.

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Highest individual sponsorship program in the world, the Athlete Grant invested half a billion reais in nine years

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Foreigners left US$ 1.58 billion in our economy / Photo: Getty Images/Portal Cup

We received over 1 million foreigners with open arms, who poured US$ 1.58 billion into Brazil in just two months (June and July) and took back in their luggage an overwhelming desire to return soon to the land of football, cheerful people, competence and world-class infrastructure.

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Putting on the World Cup cost a small fraction of what the Brazil of Lula and Dilma has invested in education and health. Some R$ 8 billion was spent on the stadiums — and, with regard to the federal government, there was no budget expenditure for this purpose; rather, the BNDES financed the work in the amount of R$ 4 billion (the remaining R$ 4 billion was raised through private resources and funding by the states).

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Brazil routs pessimism and delivers the best World Cup of all time

We held the best World Cup of all time / Photo: Getty Images/Portal CupForeign journalists were delighted: "The best World Cup of all time." Jason Davis, with British ESPN, even put this idea forward: "Let's hold all the World Cups in Brazil."

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