POSTED: September 4th 2010

Maracana shutdown signals work in progress ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

Maracana - officially, the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho / lake images
Maracana - officially, the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 04: Long-promised progress along the road to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio de Janeiro staging of the Olympic Games is being evidenced in Brazil - first with the launch of work on the giant Maracana stadium them with Olympic involvement in the new year celebrations.

Maracana is due to host the 2014 World Cup Final and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Games. It will be closed after Sunday's Brazilian championship match between Flamengo and Santos so redevelopment work can begib.

The stadium was built for the 1950 World Cup finals when its capacity was 200,000. Present capacity is 88,000 and that will be further reduced to 83,000 after being brought up to FIFA standard for the 2014 World Cup.

Officially the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, the stadium hosted the football final and opening and closing ceremonies of the Panamerican Games in 2007.

Extra security will be in place on Sunday to try to ensure that the closing party will not see a repeat of the tragedy which marred
Wednesday's celebrations in Sao Paulo to mark Corinthians' 100th birthday when a 21-year-old woman died after being knocked down by the team bus.

As for the next stage on the Olympic journey, the Brazilian Olymic committee (COB) will promote its new logo - chosen from a shortlist of eight - for the summer Games during the new year celebrations attended by around two million people on and around Copacabana beach.

Carlos Nuzman, organising president of Rio 2016, confirmed that the preferred design had been sent to the International Olympic Committee for approval. He added: "We're sure everyone around the world will like it."

Beth Lula, on behalf of the 12-strong logo judging committee, said: "The design selected transmits the sense of passion and also of transformation which are the essence of the Rio Games." The 2016 Olympics will be the first ever staged in South America. Rio beat off competition from Madrid, Chicago and Tokyo.

Keywords · Brazil · Rio de Janeiro · Maracana · logo · 2014 World Cup · 2016 Olympic Games

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