Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rio de Janeiro preparing for the Olympics

Now that the 2012 London Olympic Games have finished, everyone is looking towards the next Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro. For the first time they will be held in South America. Preparing for the Games is a massive commitment, costing billions of pounds.Ultimate goal is to have all the venues and infrastructure ready in time for the biggest sporting event in history and according to the regulations. 
The city is already upgrading its infrastructure in order to stage some of the matches for the Fifa 2014 World Cup. The Maracana Stadium has to be ready in time to host football's Confederations Cup next year. The budget for the stadium's renovation is nearly £270 million, with 5.500 workers divided in to two 10-hour shifts, working seven days a week. However, strikes have so far cost the whole project 20 days of lost construction. 



The world famous stadium will host the Games' opening and closing ceremonies as well as the football medal events. The nearby Maracanazinho Stadium, which forms part of Maracana complex, will be the venue for the 2016 volleyball competitions. 
The Joao Havelange Stadium, popularly known as "Engenhao", will hold the athletics events. Currently, Rio De Janeiro's state government says that nearly two thirds of the renovation at the Maracana has been completed.
As all major events, protests have taken place in the Brazilian city, due to a relocation project. Nearly 4.000 people are going to lose their homes to make way for the Olympic Park. Nevertheless, authorities have stated that there will be extensive consultations. 

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