POSTED: August 5th 2014

Rio 2016: Two years to go to the Summer Games

The official photo 2 years out from the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games / Alex Ferro / Rio 2016
The official photo 2 years out from the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games / Alex Ferro / Rio 2016

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) With just two years remaining until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio 2016 announced 55 percent of the construction being done in the four competition zones are finished.

“With two years to go until the Games, we have concluded the planning phase and are now entering the operational preparation phase, when the competition structures begin to take place and we get closer to the population,” Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games President Carlos Nuzman said.

The Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 officially began Rio’s test events calendar last week, with a further 44 test events scheduled for more than 8,000 of the world’s top athletes through to May of 2016. Rio 2016 also announced it would unveil the ‘Look of the Games’ and mascot later this year, as well as the volunteer programme and ticketing information.

Rio 2016 has come under criticism recently for falling behind on construction deadlines, but more than half of the competition venues are prepared to host test events and the main infrastructure at Barra Olympic Park has been laid.

The updated Maracanã Stadium in the fourth Games Zone successfully hosted seven matches of the FIFA World Cup 2014, including the Final between champion Germany and neighbouring Argentina.

“We remain firmly committed to putting on fantastic Olympic Games, meeting our deadlines and within budget,” Rio 2016 Chief Executive Officer Sidney Levy said.

Construction at Rio’s port area is also on its way to revamping the historic part of the city, while infrastructure developments like the metro extension and new BRT lines are on their way to welcoming millions of visitors to the Marvelous City.

Rio 2016’s Education Programme, Transforma – in conjunction with the Rio city government – will reach 162 schools in the region to spread the message of the Olympic values.

“Rio 2016 is intensifying its relationship with society, in order to disseminate the principles of sport and the importance of sport practice, especially among young people, in Rio and throughout the country,” Nuzman said. “The Games will leave a huge legacy for both Rio and Brazil that is starting to take shape. No other Host City will have had such a big transformation from the Games as Rio.”

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