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Rio de Janeiro Observation Tower inauguration on 1,000 day milestone

 
1,000 young athletes celebrating 1,000 days to go at the Brazilian School Youth Games currently taking place in Belem in north Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 November 2013 As part of the celebrations to mark 1,000 days until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, a milestone which will be reached this Saturday, the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government inaugurated an observation tower at the Olympic Park.

Standing nine metres high, visitors had the privilege of viewing some of the venues that will be used for the sporting mega-event.

Governor Sergio Cabral,  Luis Fernandes (Executive Secretary of the Sports Ministry), General Fernando Azevedo e Silva (president of the Olympic Public Authority) were among the first to visit the tower and were warmly received by Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes and the President of the Municipal Olympic Company (EOM), Maria Silvia Bastos Marques.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman (president of the 2016 Rio Organising Committee) and members of the City Council – comprising citizens from different sectors of Rio’s society who have contributed to the city’s development – were also present.

While on site, the group was able to observe the construction of the first phase of the Tennis Centre, which began at the end of October, as well as the laying of the foundation for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the three sports halls that will form part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) after the Games. In the first half of 2014 the following three sport venues in the Olympic Park will be erected: the Velodrome, the Aquatic Centre and the Handball Arena.

During the construction of the Olympic Park observation tower, the Rio Mais concessionaire recycled part of the grandstand from the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack, which was located on the same site. In future, the tower will form part of a guided tour for students, local and foreign visitors as well as public authorities.

THE OLYMPIC PARK AT 1,000 DAYS TO THE 2016 GAMES:

The earthworks of 1.18 million square metres started on July 6, 2012, with the removal of elements of the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack, such as the grandstands, asphalt surfaces and additional structures (guard-rails, tires, internal concrete walls and fences). The infrastructure works – drainage, water, sewage, fire-safety and electricity networks – are on schedule, and the earthworks are in the final phases. The venues constructed for the 2007 Pan-American Games – the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park and the Rio Arena – will undergo some adjustments and will also be used in the Olympic Games.

Sports halls

Current situation – construction started in July this year. The initial phase included the perforation of the soil and construction of the foundation that will support the arenas.

Forecast conclusion – Second half of 2015

Investment – The construction of the three halls that in the future will compose of the OTC was included in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the concessionaire responsible for all the infrastructure of the Park and its maintenance for 15 years, plus the Athletes’ Park infrastructure, the construction of a hotel, the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and the Main Press Centre (MPC). The total value of the PPP is R$1.35 billion. The investment is made by the private sector.

Tennis Centre

Current situation – The executive project was delivered in September. The tender process to choose the company that will construct the venue was finalised in October, when the works also began.

Forecast conclusion – Second half of 2015

Investment – R$164.8 million (predicted cost). The investment will be made by the Federal Government and the Municipal Government will be responsible for the construction.

Velodrome

Current situation – The tender process to select the company that will construct the venue was launched in September. The process will be completed by the end of November 2013. Construction is scheduled to start in the first half of 2014.

Forecast conclusion – Second half of 2015

Investment – R$136.9 million (predicted cost in the tender process). The investment will be made by the Federal Government and the Municipal Government will be responsible for the construction.

Handball Arena

Current situation – The tender process to select the company that will construct the venue will be launched by the end of 2013.

Forecast conclusion – Second half of 2015

Investment – Will be disclosed by the Municipal Government in the construction tender process that will be launched by the end of 2013. The investment will be made by the Federal Government and the Municipal Government will be responsible for the construction.

Aquatic Centre

Current situation – The tender process to select the company that will construct the venue will be launched in the first three months of 2014.

Forecast conclusion – First three months of 2016.

Investment – Will be disclosed in the construction tender process, that will be launched in the first three months of 2014. The investment will be made by the Federal Government and the Municipal Government will be responsible for the construction.

About the Municipal Olympic Company (EOM):

Created in August 2011, the Municipal Olympic Company coordinates the 2016 Olympic Games projects carried out by the Municipal Government of Rio de Janeiro. It is also responsible, with the Secretariats of the Executive Office (Casa Civil) and Works, for the delivery of the Olympic Park and the Deodoro Sports Complex.

 




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