Road to Rio; 242 Days to go!

© J.P. Engelbrecht | Tomorrow the Hockey test event for Rio2016 will take place in the Deodoro Park (@Olympics on Twitter)
© J.P. Engelbrecht | Tomorrow the Hockey test event for Rio2016 will take place in the Deodoro Park (@Olympics on Twitter)

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


On the home straight… new time-lapse video shows construction of Rio 2016 Games venues almost complete

With test events in full swing, work at Barra and Deodoro Olympic Parks, and athletes’ village, nears an end

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Canoe slalom, Future Arena and golf course… three more Rio 2016 venues ready

City government’s monthly update on construction progress shows that work at Barra Olympic Park is 94 per cent complete

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In homage to Brazilian flag, hockey pitches for Rio 2016 Olympic Games are unveiled

Venue in Deodoro Olympic Park, which is 98 per cent complete, will host test event next week and remain as legacy post-Games

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After nearly 112 years of waiting… golf has a new Olympic course

Rio 2016 venue will challenge the world’s best players at first Olympic golf tournament since the St Louis 1904 Games

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World’s leading canoeists ready to roll on rapids at new Rio 2016 venue

Photo: Rio City Government (via
Photo: Rio City Government (via

Olympic and world champions in town to help test canoe slalom course – one of the Games’ most complex constructions

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Brazilian bribery laws “very probably” broken during Rio 2016 construction process, investigator admits

More than BRL R$37.6 billion (£6.6 billion/$10 billion/€9.4 billion) worth of construction contracts for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics are being investigated as part of a long-running Brazilian police investigation into corruption at state-run oil firm Petrobras, an investigator has revealed.

Source / read full article: Inside The Games


Tennis, golf and hockey venues among highlights as video shows Rio 2016 construction progress

Overhead footage reveals work entering home straight at Barra and Deodoro Olympic Parks, golf course and athletes’ village

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Rio 2016 promise adequate air conditioning will be provided in Olympic Village

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.

Source / read full article: Inside The Games


Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow committed to sustainability on the road to Rio

As the countdown to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 continues, Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow has been working closely with the local Organising Committee to help reduce the environmental impact of the Games, while also creating a positive social legacy in the host country.

Source / read full article: IOC


Technology Operations Centre opens for Rio 2016

The IOC, Worldwide TOP Partner Atos and the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 have officially opened the Technology Operations Centre for the 2016 Games. The official opening came during the 12th Project Review of the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is an important milestone in the preparations for the Olympic Games next summer.

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Rio 2016: ‘Chance of infection very likely’ after tests show extent of pollution

Experts say ‘virus levels are widespread’ after AP testing shows water is badly contaminated, even far offshore

Source / read full article: The Guardian


Second wave of test events is underway

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Paris attacks heighten security fears for 2016 Rio Olympics

Last week’s Paris killings have raised fears about the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, a country with so little history of terrorism that the president has played down the chance of an attack and legislators long resisted bills to make it a crime.

Source / read full article: Reuters


Brazil president sanctions visa waiver for 2016 Olympics

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has agreed to suspend visa requirements for foreigners during the 2016 Olympic Games in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Source / read full article: Business Standard