In Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro, on July 5th, the Brazilian Navy inaugurated the Guandu do Sapê Naval Village, known as Vila Branca, which will host delegations participating in the 5th Military World Games. The Peace Games, as they have been named, will take place between July 16th and 24th.
The inauguration ceremony was presided over by the commandant of the Navy, Adm. Julio Soares de Moura Neto, and was attended by members of the Admiralty, admirals, and various military commanders, in addition to civilian authorities and representatives of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and the athletic federations and confederations with links to the Games.
The commandant-general of the Marine Corps, Marine Adm. Marco Antonio Corrêa Guimarães, the Brazilian Navy’s coordinator for the 5th Military World Games, stated that the construction of Vila Branca shows the effort and dedication of all the civilians and military personnel who worked hard to meet deadlines and targets, thereby elevating the reputation of Brazil and the Brazilian Navy.
CISM president Col. Hamad Kalkaba Malboum was unable to be present at the ceremony, but he sent a message that was read during the event. He highlighted the fact that “this is the first time that CISM will have facilities built specifically for one of its championships or World Games.”
With a built area of 65,982.28 square meters, Vila Branca is made up of twenty-two three-story blocks and has 476 parking spaces. The 396 apartments, nearly 112 square meters each, have three bedrooms, a balcony, and maid’s quarters. Each unit will be able to host up to eight athletes in complete comfort during the games. According to Admiral Moura Neto, the facilities will serve in the future as residences for Brazilian Navy personnel.