POSTED: May 15th 2014

Rio 2016: Organizers say 38% of the Olympic venues are done at this point

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas will be a venue for rowing and canoe / Bruno do Amaral Bigstock
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas will be a venue for rowing and canoe / Bruno do Amaral Bigstock

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Venue construction for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games is 38% completed just shy of two years from the commencement of the first Olympic Games on the South American continent.

Eleven of the 29 permanent venues scheduled for the Games are already operational, while eight still need renovations. There will also be eight temporary venues constructed.

The Olympic Golf Course is being irrigated for the planting of grass to begin and the foundations of Olympic Halls 1, 2, and 3 in the Barra Olympic Park continue. Depth studies at the rowing and canoe sprint venue of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas have begun, and the design of the integrated route for athletics, road cycling, and paracycling courses in Flamengo Park have also started.

“We are advancing in the construction of competition venues for the Rio 2016 Games, with all of the basic and executive projects concluded or in the conclusion phase, and with foundation works in full flow,” Rio 2016 Infrastructure Integration Director Alexandre Techima said. “Even though they may not be highly visible, the preparative groundwork and foundation construction, that occurs underground, are extremely important for the final structure and often account for 20 percent of the total volume of construction.”

A tender process in Deodoro for Rio 2016’s second-largest venue cluster has now started. The renovation of the National Shooting Centre, National Equestrian Centre, and Modern Pentathlon Aquatics Centre will begin later this year, four new venues will be constructed, and two temporary venues will be installed. The Maracana Stadium, which will host the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Summer Games, is prepared to host the FIFA World Cup next month.

Keywords · Rio de Janeiro · Rio 2016 · Brazil · Olympic Summer Games · Olympics · Maracana Stadium ·

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