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One 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).
The federal government is investing R$ 967 million in multipurpose equipment to promote the introduction of the practice of sports and to develop high performance athletes, stimulating their formation in at risk areas.
With multi-purpose gyms and other structures that can accommodate up to 13 Olympic, seven Paralympic and one non-Olympic sport, the centers are part of the goal of extending the legacy of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games to all units of the Brazilian Federation.
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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.
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.
In 2012, the Pelc Healthy Lifestyle nucleus became an autonomous social program. It has the same objective as the Pelc, differing by preferentially helping the elderly. In this sense, the activities of the Healthy Lifestyle Program are designed to enable active participation of people over 60 years old.
The numbers are impressive: 3.6 million children and youths benefited in more than 20,000 schools in 3,018 municipalities. And behind every number, a life story that almost always began as a sad tale but wound up with a happy second half.
Developed by the Ministry of Sports, the Second Half Program offers sports activities in the extra-curriculum periods of schools for children and teenagers who are socially at-risk, a successful example of making activities related to sports more democratic.