Road to Rio; 185 Days to go!


Rio 2016 is fast approaching! In this post you find an overview of the most recent news items.


Rio 2016 receives top global sustainability certificate for organisation of major events

The work of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games – and a positive legacy – in a sustainable manner has been recognised with the award of the top global certificate for the sector.

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Barra Olympic Park, heart of the Rio 2016 Games, 97 per cent complete

Rio Olympic Veldodrome in Barra and Youth Arena in Deodoro are venues that show most progress in monthly update, while lanes in Olympic swimming pool become visible

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Rio 2016 confirms that preliminary water polo matches will be played at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre

The water polo tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will contested entirely in Barra Olympic Park, the main venue cluster, after organisers confirmed that the preliminary matches would take place in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre. The knockout phases had already been confirmed to take place in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in the second week of the Games, after the swimming competition (6-13 August) has finished.

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Rio 2016 Olympic Games track cycling test event dates changed

The Rio 2016 track cycling test event has been moved from 18-20 March to 29 April-1 May to allow more time for the installation of the track. The Aquece Rio International Track Cycling Challenge will see the Rio Olympic Velodrome become the fifth of the seven new venues being constructed in Barra Olympic Park to host a test event.

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Aerial images reveal the new Olympic face of Rio de Janeiro

With less than seven months until it hosts the biggest sporting event on the planet, Rio de Janeiro is beginning show its new face. The finishing touches are being put to new sports venues, two new Olympic Parks have taken shape and the infrastructure projects that will help the city’s residents and sports fans travel around the city are nearing completion.

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Introducing Carioca Arena 1… the new home of Olympic basketball

It will host the likes of LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Pau Gasol in August, and on Tuesday (12 January) Carioca Arena 1 became the first Rio 2016 venue to be unveiled this year. The 16,000-seat arena, the largest in Barra Olympic Park, will host its first action this Friday, when the basketball test event begins.

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Rio 2016 to unveil eight new venues during 25 test events over next five months

It may be more than six months until the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but there will be plenty of Games-related sporting action in the city before then. Starting with basketball on 15 January, Rio de Janeiro will host 25 test events (20 Olympic, five Paralympic) in five months, following on from the 20 held last year and in 2014.

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Small fire in Barra Olympic Park does not cause injuries or damage to venues

Air conditioning will be provided in all bedrooms and communal facilities at the Rio 2016 Athletes’ Village, organisers have promised today following reports such facilities would be sacrificed in order to reduce costs.

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Test Events

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A look back at 2015

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