POSTED: November 9th 2013

Rio 2016: 1000 Days to the opening ceremony of the next Summer Games

1,000 young athletes celebrating 1,000 days to go at the Brazilian School Youth Games currently taking place in Belem in north Brazil / Rio 2016
1,000 young athletes celebrating 1,000 days to go at the Brazilian School Youth Games currently taking place in Belem in north Brazil / Rio 2016

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government inaugurated an observation tower at the Olympic Park yesterday. It was a part of the celebrations to symbol that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are 1,000 days away. The Observation tower reaches nine meters high and will give visitors a favored view of the many important venues that will be used during the Games.

Eduardo Paes the Mayor of Rio and the President of the Municipal Olympic Company (EOM), Maria Silvia Bastos greeted the first people to visit the tower. Those fortunate enought to be a part of the first visit to the tower were, the Governor Sergio Cabral; Carolos Arthur Nuzman, the President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee; the Executive Secretary of the Sports Ministry, Luis Fernandes; the President of the Olympic Public Authority, the Army General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, and City Council members, who are citizens that represent different areas of Rio’s society that contributed to the city’s development.

The group was able to view the construction of the Tennis center, which began at the end of October. Also, the group could observe the more developed construction of the International Broadcast Center (IBC), the Main Press Center (MPC), along with three sports halls that will serve as a part of the Olympic Training Center (OTC) after the Games. The Velodrome, The Aquatic Center, and the Handball Arena will break ground in the first half of 2014.

A part of the grandstands from the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack, which was located in the same area, was recycled by the Rio Mais concessionaire in the construction of the tower. After the Games, the tower will serve as a guided tour, which will be aimed toward students, public authorities, foreign and Brazilian visitors, and Rio’s citizens.  

It’s 1,000 days till the 2016 Games at the Olympic Park. The work on the 1.18 million square meters Olympic Park began on July 6th, 2012. Workers started with the removal of the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack.

The venues that were built for the 2007 Pan-American Games, such as the Maria Lenk Aquatic Part and the Rio Arena, will have some adjustments done and be used during the Olympic Games.

The work on the sports hall started in July of 2013 with the perforation of the soil and base, which will support the arenas. The completion time of the sports halls is the second half of 2015.

The Tennis Center executive project was delivered in September and the decision on the company that would construct the venue was finalized in October, which is when the work began. The venue looks to be completed by the second half of 2015.

The Velodrome venue selection process for a company to construct began in September, and will be concluded by the end of November of 2013. The construction is set to break ground in the first half of 2014 and will conclude the second half of 2015.

The process to select a company for the construction of the Handball Arena will be dispatched by the end of 2013, and the completion of the arena is set to be the second half of 2015.

Lastly, the Aquatic Center is set to have its tender process for a company selection launched within the first three months of 2014, and for construction to finish in the first three months of 2016.

Keywords · Rio 2016 · Olympic Games · Paralympic Games

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