Rio 2016 progress on track, says IOC

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Work on the Olympic Village has passed the half-way stage, and will comprise 31 buildings that will house 18,000 people during the Games.
Work on the Olympic Village has passed the half-way stage, and will comprise 31 buildings that will house 18,000 people during the Games. © Rio 2016/Alex Ferro

Rio 2016 organisers have satisfied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission with progress on the Games in the past few months.

The commission completed its seventh visit to Brazil, spending three days in Rio taking in the Olympic Golf Course, the Olympic Village, the Deodoro Olympic Park, and the Barra Olympic Park, where they were joined by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Corcovado.
Corcovado. © riotur / Alexandre Macieira

The commission last visited Rio in March, and Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel said: “We leave Rio satisfied with the progress that has been made since our visit last March. The strong commitment of the Brazilian authorities to the success of the Rio 2016 Games has been underlined to us by the presence of President Rousseff during our visit to the Olympic Park yesterday. We remain confident that, despite a very tight schedule, our Brazilian partners will deliver successful Games.”

She said the commission saw first-hand that core works were progressing at full speed, particularly in venue construction.

The next big milestone for the Rio 2016 organisers is the delivery of their ambitious test event programme, which will see 44 sports events take place in Rio ahead of the Games. The Organising Committee is advancing full speed ahead towards these events, and, in order to be prepared in the best fashion, the Commission reviewed with the organisers all the areas that are presenting concerns or that require particular attention.

Two areas that were looked at closely were construction and accommodation, with the latter presenting a challenge given the large number of hotels that have to be built ahead of the Games. But very clear and reassuring information was provided to the Commission that the 68 new hotels under construction were on track.

The Commission also heard about the strong legacy that the Games are leaving to the city, country and its citizens. For every Brazilian Real spent on venue construction, five Reals are being spent on legacy projects including three bus rapid transit lines, a new metro, improved sanitation system coverage, better flood control, a city operations centre, and the regeneration of the city’s port area.

Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão, and General Fernando Azevedo E Silva from the Olympic Public Authority (APO) underlined the fiscally responsible approach that was being taken, with a large part of the overall infrastructure and legacy budgets being financed by private funds. They also spoke about their commitment to deliver the venues on time with no “white elephants.”

The Commission will return to Rio de Janeiro in February next year.

From left, Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games; Nawal El Moutawakel, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016 Games; Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President; and Sidney Levy, CEO of the Organizing Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
From left, Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games; Nawal El Moutawakel, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016 Games; Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President; and Sidney Levy, CEO of the Organizing Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. © Rio 2016/Alexandre Loureiro

 

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