"We will want to tell our grandchildren about the Rio 2016 Games and these are also our tickets to history."
Rio 2016 unveiled the 'look' of the tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games on Friday (20 May) at the organising committee's headquarters. And the colourful yet practical designs will soon be winging their way out to sports fans around the world who have bought tickets to the Games.
"From 1pm (Brasília time) today, the tickets will begin to be sent out from the graphic design company and somewhere in the world someone will receive the first ticket," said Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.
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The tickets feature the Rio 2016 sport pictograms, which for the first time in Games history, have one for each Olympic and Paralympic sport.
The tickets are being produced by the same graphic design company in the USA that produced the tickets for the London 2012 Games. Staff at the company, which has 30 years of experience in ticket production, "live to produce tickets" said Donovan Ferreti, the Rio 2016 ticketing director.
"We will want to tell our grandchildren about the Rio 2016 Games and these are also our tickets to history," said Mário Andrada, executive director of communications at Rio 2016.