Getting ID Right for Rio 2016
From athletes to partners, officials to journalists, every individual taking part in the Olympic Games needs accreditation, which represents a critical element in the overall security of the Games. The first accreditation cards for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were issued in May 2016 and 300,000 in total will be issued:
Data on each individual is captured on a laminated pass known as an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC). Each pass identifies the holder and defines their access rights, ensuring access to the right venues. Worn around the neck and checked at every entry point, it’s the single most important item to bring to the Games each day. These give the owners peace-of-mind and ease-of-access, taking away any worries about where they can get in and when – leaving them free to concentrate on the main reason they’re in Rio this summer, whether to compete or to report.
“The Accreditation system allows the procedures to be secure and reliable,” said Francess Lusack, Accreditation General Manager of the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee. “The Accreditation system is integrated with the Brazilian Security systems to ensure the safety of the Games. All accredited foreign nationals can use their Accreditation Card as a visa waiver to enter Brazil.”
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