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  1. The guy who wrote that did not check the facts. For 2014, there are risks manly of airport upgrade delays and of 2 stadia (Natal and SP). So, just by replacing SP by another host city for football, 2016 would not be a problem. Here is a list of the projects. I think it would be nice to summarize what Rio has done so far. Here are the most important actions that I have seen taken to deliver what was promised. If you know more actions, feel free to add to the list: Transports: -> BRT Transcarioca (called T5 in the bid book) -> Targeted for 4Q13 - 1st section (Barra - Penha) - Demolitions being finalized. - Construction has started. -> 2nd section (Penha - Rio Intl Airport) - Project finalized - Tender published -> BRT Transoeste (covers part of the former Barra-Zona Sul BRT) -> Targeted for 3Q12 - Construction under way. - Main bridges to avoid intersection to be delivered in 1Q11. -> BRT Transolimpica (called C-Link in the bid book) -> Targeted for 2015 - Project finalized. - Tender to be published. -> Subway Line 4 (Barra- Gávea, covers part of the former Barra- Zona Sul BRT) -> Targeted for 2015 - Under construction -> Subway Line 1 (Ipanema- Gávea, covers part of the former Barra- Zona Sul BRT) -> Targeted for 2015 - Studies to define the path are finished. - Tender in preparation. -> Duplication of Avenida Niemeyer - Not started. -> Renovation of the surroundings of the JH Stadium. - Removed houses have been notified for the demolition to start. Venues: -> Maracanã refurbishment -> Targeted for 4Q2012 - Demolition of the lower ring is finalized. - Demolition of part of the upper ring is under way. - Issue: Ceiling will need to be rebuilt. - Constructions to begin between 2Q11 and 3Q11. -> OTC and Olympic park construction (includes Aquatic Center, Field Hokey Center, Tennis Center, the OTC 4 halls, the MPC and the IBC) - International competition to design the facilities was launched. - The new auto-racing track project is being finalized. (A requirement for the start of the OTC construction is that the current racing track is replaced ny a new one). -> Riocentro Hall 6 construction - No news -> Athletes park construction - Under construction to host RockInRio in September 2011. -> X Park construction - No news -> JH Stadium upgrade -> Targeted for 3Q2015 - Planned to start on 2013 after the delivery of Maracanã. Accommodation: -> Olympic Village - Construction started -> Media Village (Barra) - No news -> Media Village (Port) - International competition for the design launched. -> Hotels - Several hotel groups have initiated projects in the city, including Accor and Hilton. - 2 major hotels are being restored (Gloria and Hotel Nacional) - Former Méridien hotel has been reopened. - Several hotel groups are in the process of acquiring land to build new hotels, including Hyatt and Four Seasons. - Expectation now is to reach 34.000 hotel rooms by 2016, instead of the 28.000 proposed in the bid book. -> Port - No news if the renovations of the docks was inside the tender for the Port District PPP. Urbanization: -> PPP was assigned to carry the renovation of the Port District, including the creation of new Light Rail lines, expansion of the road network and the demolition of a highway to be replaced by an underground tunnel. => Works are under way.
  2. Totally different. Starting with the fact that the PanAms were held in a different city with venues that could never be used for the SOGs.
  3. Actually, the only and major weakness of Buenos Aires is political stability. Well, there is the problem of the dates as well, but the city could definitely host and it has been shortlisted for 2004.
  4. I agree. Thorpe specialty is in the 200-400m range which is phisically demanding. Sprinters, like Dara Torres, and long distance swimmers can last longer since the sprint events require less intensive training and long distance requires experience. Thorpe events usually requires a lot of training and a perfect physical condition, which tend to be difficult to achieve as time goes by.
  5. This is pure speculation, coming from the fact that he is Havelenge's true heir. There is no statement from him or anyone close to him saying that. IMO, he is too smart to run himself. He is probably going to choose someone who is less involved and who will provide a better political arrangement. Choosing an Asian member now would shut down the opposition from the AFC president.
  6. The duplication of Avenida Niemeyer is challenging but not that difficult. Most of it is carved in stone, so they could cut the mountain and/ or create an elevated extension on one of the sides. Most of the road length has no construction, so the costs of buying land should not be an issue, unlike other options. "Elavado da Perimetral" - The one that runs parallel to the shore line.
  7. Really, research a little bit further. Teixeira or anyone close to him has ever said that he will run for FIFA presidency. In fact, the rumors about his desire for the post comes from Brazilian journalists that attack him on a daily basis. He's reputation is terrible and he is 100% behind Blatter, probably being even stronger politically than the current president, after all he is the one with the right to speak for the old man Havelange. Teixeira might run for FIFA presidency, but that would never happen without Blatter's support. Just to highlight how ridiculous are the accounts of a dispute between Blatter and Teixeira, while the big controversy about the Morumbi stadium was going on, there were people suggesting that Teixeira was fighting with Valcke (Blatter's man). However, those guys did not even bothered to do some research to find out that Valcke was actually staying in Teixeira's house when he traveled to Brazil. Regarding the membership on the ExCom, it is distributed by Continental Confederation, not by Country. If Italy does not have a member, that's because UEFA did not allow. For the same reason countries like Kuwait, Thailand and Sri Lanka do. Last but not least, the Americas are 100% behind Blatter. Jack Warner and most of the Concacaf members love it. Leoz, Grondona and Teixeira love it as well and the rest of Conmebol will go behind them because they have no choice. By the way, 2026 will be in the Americas, since Europe and Asia will be out because of continental rotation (written rule in FIFA). The other 2 possible continents (Africa and Oceania) have no one to present, since Australia as part of the AFC is an Asian country as far as FIFA is concerned. Platini and the whole Eastern European block are 100% behind him, as well. And so is Africa, Dany Joradaan included, with a big help from Isata Houtou. The only pockets of resistance to his power are in the far east, where the Korean president of the AFC wants to run for FIFA presidency and in the Western Europe where the big leagues don't want to send their players for international matches. However, the concentration of power in a few leagues has been doing a lot to weaken this group. The result is that they don't even control UEFA anymore, since Platini is a Blatter's ally. In my opinion, Blatter is approaching then Arab countries and Russia to maintain his main allies in the pockets of resistance in Asia and Europe. By the way, if the situation gets politically difficult for him to stay in office, his group will choose someone faithful and palatable from its ranks and put in his place. It might be even some of the people that you have mentioned.
  8. I think it would be nice to summarize what Rio has done so far. Here are the most important actions that I have seen taken to deliver what was promised. If you know more actions, feel free to add to the list: Transports: - BRT Transcarioca (called T5 in the bid book) -> Targeted for 4Q13 - 1st section (Barra - Penha) - Demolitions being finalized. - Construction scheduled to start on 1Q11. - 2nd section (Penha - Rio Intl Airport) - Project finalized - Tender to be published - BRT Transoeste (covers part of the former Barra-Zona Sul BRT) -> Targeted for 3Q12 - Construction under way. - Main bridges to avoid intersection to be delivered in 1Q11. - BRT Transolimpica (called C-Link in the bid book) -> Targeted for 2015 - Project finalized. - Tender to be published. - Subway Line 4 (Barra- Gávea, covers part of the former Barra- Zona Sul BRT) -> Targeted for 2015 - Under construction - Subway Line 1 (Ipanema- Gávea, covers part of the former Barra- Zona Sul BRT) -> Targeted for 2015 - Studies to define the path are under way. - Duplication of Avenida Niemeyer - Not started. - Renovation of the surroundings of the JH Stadium. - Removed houses have been notified for the demolition to start. Venues: - Maracanã refurbishment -> Targeted for 4Q2012 - Demolition of the lower ring is being finalized. - Constructions to begin in 1Q11. - OTC and Olympic park construction (includes Aquatic Center, Field Hokey Center, Tennis Center, the OTC 4 halls, the MPC and the IBC) - International competition to design the facilities was launched. - The new auto-racing track project is being finalized. (A requirement for the start of the OTC construction is that the current racing track is replaced ny a new one). - Riocentro Hall 6 construction - No news - Athletes park construction - To be constructed to host RockInRio in September 2011. - X Park construction - No news - JH Stadium upgrade -> Targeted for 3Q2015 - Planned to start on 2013 after the delivery of Maracanã. Accommodation: - Olympic Village - Construction started - Media Village (Barra) - No news - Media Village (Port) - International competition for the design launched. - Hotels - Several hotel groups have initiated projects in the city, including Accor and Hilton. - 3 major hotels are being restored (former Méridien, Gloria and Hotel Nacional) - Several hotel groups are in the process of acquiring land to build new hotels, including Hyatt and Four Seasons. - Port - No news if the renovations of the docks was inside the tender for the Port District PPP. Urbanization: - PPP was assigned to carry the renovation of the Port District, including the creation of new Light Rail lines, expansion of the road network and the demolition of a highway to be replaced by an underground tunnel. As far as I know those are the main actions promoted so far.
  9. Rio 2016 logo was a pleasant surprise.

  10. This is how it works. It is not about bribery, it is about politics. Why would FIFA give England or Spain the WC? Spain and England are the home of the richest football clubs in the world. These football clubs are the main challenging for FIFA as an institution to control world football. As I said before, FIFA would give them the WC only if they agreed to put forward some regulations to limit the number of foreign players and expenditures for football clubs. The big fight for money is UEFA Champions League vs World Cup. So why would FIFA compensate the countries that control the UCL? Besides, FIFA controls an astonishing budget to run its business. The group that controls it since 1974 is not willing to let it go. It means a lot of money and a lot of power. Do the math. However, no one gives any of those events based on technical merit. Especially, because technical merit doesn't mean a successful event. The ability to draw attention from the media is more important than anything else. Anyway, we should investigate how much FIFA is making on selling touristic packages for the WC. By keeping the WC away from Western Europe for too long, they are not showing interest in the extra ticket sales that European WCs provide by allowing fans to have a one-day trip just to watch a match.
  11. For me, the only reason for this was to guarantee the support of the UEFA branch that is a FIFA ally, which include mostly Eastern European nations and to neutralize the growing desire from AFC members to put forward a candidate to beat Blatter. By giving the WC to Russia they strengthen Platini in UEFA. By rewarding Qatar they might divide the Asian countries between the Arab world and the far east countries. This should ensure their control over FIFA.
  12. The media is making a big fuss about it because of the unprecedent reaction of the government and, more important, the support of the public. You might not realize but this is a historical moment for Rio. I lived there for 30 years, before I moved out. I could not take my eyes off the TV this weekend even several miles away from my home city. The media coverage is a tribute to the amazing job being done.
  13. Most of the venues in the Deodoro cluster are inside a big compound of training, housing and operational facilities of the Brazilian armed forces. It is known as the Military Village. The sports events which are going to happen there are exactly the ones which have more participants linked to the Brazilian army, such as fencing, equestrian and shooting, as well as modern pentathlon, which includes these events. These facilities are going to be used by the Brazilian army after the games, that's why fencing was put there... Since it is also in a district which is distant from the city center and it has a lot of open space, with elevations, it is also a perfect spot to build facilities to BMX, Mountain Bike and Slalon Canoe and Kayaking.
  14. Actually that means that construction will start anytime in the next 2 weeks. The design has been ready for over 2 months now.
  15. There is nothing wrong with the location of the stadium as long as you provide transportation to get there. Stade de France is in Saint Denis, pretty far from everything in Paris. Soccer City is in Soweto, Sandton and other high profile neighborhoods in Johannesburg. Not to mention Rose Bowl, in Pasadena. It is perfectly possible and normal to have new stadia in areas distant from the top commercial and touristic spots in a city.
  16. In France even football national squad strikes!

  17. Stadium is not everything. BH has only 2 five stars hotels. That means 1 for each squad. But where are the officials, the invitees of the sponsors and the high-profile tourists going to sleep? There is no way that BH will host an opening match. They are biding for the opening to secure a semifinal.
  18. Today, the opening match is closer than ever to Rio. Brasilia and BH won't meet FIFA infrastructure requirements. Besides, with the current political scandal, Brasilia is a tough choice. It will be in Rio unless SP comes up with a new stadium.
  19. It is the real thing. The Brazilian press got it because the LOC requested its registration as a trade mark in Switzerland. Besides, the logo will be released before the end of the 2010 WC, so it would be too late to test it.
  20. Anyway, the official version of the logo will be unveiled on July 10th in Casa Brasil, which is installed in Johannesburg to promote the 2014 WC during the 2010 WC.
  21. Then it will be similar. Stadia should start to be built this year and, unlike, South Africa, we have more renovations and less new constructions.
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