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May 15, 2014
Organisers say 38% of Olympic and Paralympic Games competition venues ready

A security guard keeps watch at the entrance to Olympic Park, the primary set of venues being built for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on April 16, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Getty Images)
RIO, May 15, 2014 - With more than two years to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, 38 per cent of the competition venues are ready for the event.
According to a press statement from Rio 2016, of the 29 permanent venues, 11 are operational, while eight require some renovation work and the other 10 will form part of the sporting legacy that is being constructed in the city. Eight temporary venues will also be used to host competitions.
The progress report comes days after British newspapers reported that Olympic officials have secretly asked if London would be in a position to take over hosting the 2016 games amid major concerns with the city’s preparations. The IOC has since denied these reports.

Construction progress can be seen in the four Rio 2016 competition zones. While work on the Barra Olympic Park advances, with the conclusion of the foundations of Olympic Halls 1, 2 and 3, the Olympic Golf Course site is being irrigated in order to allow grass planting to begin.

At Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the venue for rowing and canoe sprint, depth studies have been completed, while at Flamengo Park, the design of the integrated route for the athletics, road cycling and paracycling courses has 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. 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 per cent of the total volume of construction,” said Alexandre Techima, the Rio 2016 Infrastructure Integration Director.

In Deodoro, the tender process for the Games’ second largest venue cluster is underway, with construction scheduled to start in the second half of the year. Three existing competition venues– the National Shooting Centre, National Equestrian Centre and Modern Pentathlon Aquatics Centre – will be renovated, four new venues will become part of the important sporting legacy the Games will leave to the city, and two temporary venues will also be installed. At the same time, the legendary Maracanã Stadium is ready to stage matches at the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off next month.

See the table below for the construction status of each of the Rio 2016 competition venues:

COMPETITION ZONEEXISTING (OPERATIONAL)EXISTING (TO BE REFORMED)NEWTEMPORARY
BARRARio Olympic Arena

Riocentro – Pavilion 2

Riocentro – Pavilion 3

Riocentro – Pavilion 4
Maria Lenk Aquatic CentreOlympic Golf Course

Olympic Tennis Centre

Olympic Hall 1

Olympic Hall 2

Olympic Hall 3

Rio Olympic Velodrome
Olympic Aquatics Stadium

Olympic Hall 4

Riocentro – Pavilion 6
COPACABANA-Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Marina da Glória
-Copacabana Stadium

Fort Copacabana

Flamengo Park
DEODORO-Modern Pentathlon Aquatics Centre

National Equestrian Centre

National Shooting Centre
Deodoro Arena

Olympic Hockey Centre

Olympic BMX Centre

Olympic Whitewater Stadium
Rugby and Modern Pentathlon Arena

Olympic Mountain Bike Park
MARACANÃSambódromo

Maracanã Stadium

Maracanãzinho Arena
João Havelange Olympic Stadium

Julio de Lamare Aquatic Park
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FOOTBALL CITIESFonte Nova Stadium (Salvador)

Mané Garrincha National Stadium (Brasília)

Mineirão Stadium (Belo Horizonte)

São Paulo Stadium
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