The Rio de Janeiro City Government have claimed that the Barra Olympic Park is 95 per cent complete as 2015 draws to a close.
During the summer it had been stated that the Brazilian city faced a “race against time” to be ready for next summer’s Olympics and Paralympics but the Government, who are project managing construction at the Olympic Parks in Barra and Deodoro, have released figures which they say show “strong progress”.
The Olympic Tennis Centre is currently stated at being 90 per cent complete and was the first venue in Barra to stage a test event, the Brazil Mastercup tournament earlier this month.
Rio City Government claim the event shone “a light on the sporting, educational and social legacy that the Games will leave”, while giving the athletes, volunteers and the public a taste of what to expect.
The Olympic Park will be at the heart of the Games with its nine venues, seven new and two existing, and is due to host 16 Olympic and nine Paralympic sports.
Carioca Arena 1, which will host basketball competition, is stated as being 96 per cent complete with the Olympic judo and wrestling venue, Carioca Arena 2, ranked at 97 per cent ready.
Carioca Arena 3, which is due to host fencing and taekwondo before staging Paralympic judo competition, is still considered the most complete competition venue in the Rio 2016 Olympic Park at 98 per cent.
The Olympic Aquatics Stadium is ranked at 96 per cent, however the velodrome is still lagging behind on 76 per cent, having been at 65 per cent ready during September.
In addition to competition venues, the Athletes’ Village, which will host nearly 15,000 competitors next year, is 97 per cent ready, while the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre are deemed to be at 100 and 92 per cent respectively.
The hotel in the Olympic Park is judged to be 88 per cent ready.
Construction at the Deodoro Olympic Park, the second largest competition cluster, is also progressing well with work on three venues – the Olympic BMX Centre, Mountain Bike Park and the Whitewater Stadium – complete.
The Hockey Centre is one per cent away from completion, however the Youth Arena is currently judged to be 75 per cent ready, with the Olympic Games due to start on August 5.
Located at the Reserva de Marapendi, the Games’ golf course has been one of the more controversial venues with environmentalists complaining that the construction was damaging the local nature reserve.
It has now been completed.
- By Michael Pavitt, this article was republished with permission from the original publisher Inside the Games www.insidethegames.biz