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Rooftop structure is already visible at the Velodrome

Aug 24, 2015 01:39 PM
Images show the progress of interventions being made at the facility that will be the stage of the track cycling event in 2016

Construction works at the Velodrome, at the Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park, are well advanced. The venue will be the stage of the track cycling events at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Indeed, building works are at the stage of putting up the metal structure and concrete slabs. In the lower levels, the internal access ramps have been concluded and the external ramps are being done. Slabs and walls are being done, as well as the technical area. The concrete has been laid down in the cistern and pump house in the reservoir.

The facility, which will have capacity for 5 thousand people, is expected to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2015. The first test-event has been set for March 2016.





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Rooftop structure is already visible at the Velodrome

Aug 24, 2015 01:39 PM

The facility, which will have capacity for 5 thousand people, is expected to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2015. The first test-event has been set for March 2016.



"Already" is not quite the word I would have chosen but completion for March test events should be fine.

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Six new Rio 2016 venues more than 90 per cent ready, says city government

Rio’s city government has published updated figures showing progress in the construction of new venues for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Work on two venues – the BMX track and mountain bike course – is complete, the mayor’s office said, while another six have passed the 90 per cent mark and a further five are more than 80 per cent ready.

A selection of photos also released on Friday (18 September) by the city government show how the venues are nearing completion. The three Carioca Arenas – which will host basketball, wrestling, judo, fencing, taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and boccia – can be seen to be virtually complete. Another photo from Barra Olympic Park shows the roof of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium almost finished, while others show progress on the Rio Olympic Velodrome and Olympic Tennis Centre.

Aerial images from Deodoro Olympic Park show the Youth Arena – which will host preliminary basketball games, modern pentathlon and wheelchair fencing – in an advanced stage of construction, while the obstacles that have been installed along the canoe slalom course are clearly visible. Also on Friday, the Brazilian federal government released a video (in Portuguese) showing the start of the process to fill the Whitewater Stadium (the canoe slalom venue) with 25 million litres of water.

The city government provide monthly updates on the status of venue construction on its website http://www.cidadeolimpica.com.br/andamento-das-obras./

Check out the construction completion figures and images below:


Carioca Arena 1 – 92%

Carioca Arena 2 – 94%

Carioca Arena 3 – 95%

Rio Olympic Velodromo – 65%

Olympic Tennis Centre – 74%

Future Arena – 87%

Olympic Aquatics Stadium – 89%

International Broadcast Centre – 96%

Main Press Centre – 88%

Hotel – 83%

Olympic and Paralympic Village – 91%

Olympic Golf Course – 98%


The roof of the Rio Olympic Veldodrome is about half completed (Photo: Rio City Government/Ricardo Cassiano) 2016.09.17-centro-de-tnis-ricardo-cassia

The surface of one of the secondary courts at the Olympic Tennis Centre can be seen (Photo: Rio City Government/Ricardo Cassiano) 2016.09.17-centro-aquitico2-ricardo-cass

The roof of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium is nearly complete (Photo: Rio City Government/Ricardo Cassiano)


Mountain Bike Centre – 100%

Olympic BMX Centre – 100%

Whitewater Stadium – 85%

Youth Arena – 65%


The obstacles installed at the Whitewater Stadium can been clearly seen (Photo: Rio City Government/Ricardo Cassiano) 2016.09.16-arena-da-juventude-ricardo-ca

Work on the Youth Arena is also in an advanced stage (Photo: Rio City Government/Ricardo Cassiano)


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A First Look At the Olympic Aquatics Stadium In Rio
Photo Courtesy: Matheus Paulo de Santana

By Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern

It is almost time!

As of today, there are only 316 days left until we kick off the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And as the date gets closer, the athletic world can follow precisely each step of the building process. The big structures have started taking root in Rio, and the skyline changes everyday.

At the beginning of September, Matheus Paulo de Santana, the current Junior World record holder in the 100m freestyle (48.25), was able to visit the brand new aquatic arena which will play host to the next games. Through an interview to Swimming World, he shared some of his first impressions of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

Santana was extremely excited and honored to have the chance to take a look at the dreamy complex. With a few words, he explained specifically every part of the place.

According to him, the warm up pool is located outdoors, but its construction is still a little behind the main one in terms of structure.

The aquatic arena is the biggest one of the entire Olympic Village, with a capacity of more than 18,000 people, whereas 14,000 are spectators and the other 4,000 are a combination of athletes, media and staff. It will be completely indoors, with a few airways for ventilation. Some of the features include handicapped seats and a privileged view to the pool from every seat.

The news is that next years’ aquatic complex will be a modulated arena, according to Santana, “shaped like a Lego,” without a single welded piece. After the Olympics, the pool has another destination.

The plan is to transport the main pool soon after the games are over. The planners wish to make two swimming pools out of it, and move it to less resourceful locations in order to further swimming opportunities in those areas. Many low-income families will be benefited and given the opportunity to grow in the sport.

The Olympic Aquatics Stadium is scheduled to be ready by 2016’s first trimester.


Photo Courtesy: Matheus Santana


The outdoors warm up pool will be connected to the complex.


The multidimensional design that shows the pool planning. Photo Courtesy: Matheus Santana


Hasty progress is being made. Photo Courtesy: Matheus Santana


Privileged view from every row. Photo Courtesy: Matheus Santana


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