London 2012; Olympic Park waterways to re-open for boats

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Photo: Martijn Giebels

The waterways of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are planned to open on 10th May 2014, for the first time since the rivers were restored.

The six kilometres of rivers in the Park were once a key transport network for the industries that lined the river. After the Second World War use dropped, silt built up and the rivers were eventually closed.

However, as part of preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority and Canal & River Trust worked together to improve the condition of the Park’s rivers with a view to them once again becoming navigable. New river walls and towpaths were created, deeper channels dredged, wildlife habitats improved and disused locks refurbished. The rivers were then handed over to the London Legacy Development Corporation in 2012.

Read more: The Inland Waterways Association


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Rio 2016; IOC vice-president says preparations are ‘worst’ ever

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Rio’s Olympic preparations ‘worst’, says IOC’s Coates

(Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates has called Brazil’s preparations for the 2016 Rio Games “the worst” in his experience and critically behind schedule, but warned there was no “plan B” to find another host.

Attending an Olympic forum in Sydney, Coates told delegates that construction had not commenced on some venues, infrastructure was significantly delayed and water quality was also a major concern two years out from the Games.

“The IOC has formed a special task force to try and speed up preparations but the situation is critical on the ground,” Coates said on Tuesday in a statement released by the Australian Olympic Commission, which transcribed some of his comments at the forum.

“The IOC has adopted a more hands-on role, it is unprecedented for the IOC but there is no plan B. We are going to Rio.

“We have become very concerned, they are not ready in many many ways. We have to make it happen and that is the IOC approach, you can’t walk away from this.”

The AOC statement also paraphrased Coates describing the Rio preparations as “the worst I have experienced” and “worse than Athens”. He added that host city Rio de Janeiro also had “social issues that need to be addressed.”

Preparations for the 2004 Athens Games were plagued by delays in construction and service delivery but the sports venues and main infrastructure were ultimately delivered in the nick of time.

The IOC announced a series of measures earlier this month to speed up lagging preparations including extra monitors, project managers and teams of experts.

The first Games on the South American continent have been plagued by delays, rising costs and bad communication between different levels of the Brazilian government and organisers, prompting criticism from international sports federations.

Brazil has been under the spotlight for the far more immediate concern of the soccer World Cup starting in June.

Amid problems with stadium construction, labour unrest and security in other parts of the country, thousands of troops occupied Rio’s slums in February to wrest them back from the control of drug gangs and criminals.

Source: Reuters

2022 Bid; Application File Oslo

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Photo: Snøhetta

March 14th 2014, the City of Oslo and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the Confederation of Sports (Norwegian NOC), officially submitted the application to be considered as a Candidate City for the 24th Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2022.

The Oslo 2022 Application File provides our replies to the IOC Questionnaire in the 2022 Candidature Acceptance Procedure (CAP). The Oslo 2022 Photographic File contains images, maps and information on existing venues.

The City of Oslo and the Norwegian NOC have made extensive preparations for the bid. The capital of Norway can host most of the disciplines – both on snow and on ice – within the Oslo City limits. Lillehammer will host the alpine events along with bobsleigh, luge and skeleton.


Rio 2016; Deodoro Olympic Park venues

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Deodoro Arena

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National Shooting Centre

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Work on construction and renovation of nine venues that will host 15 Olympic and Paralympic sports disciplines to start this year

An important step in the preparation of the second largest cluster of venues for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games was taken today (April 17) when the Rio de Janeiro city government launched the tender process for the Deodoro Olympic Park venues. Two invitations to tender were released for the construction and renovation of the nine venues that will host 11 Olympic and four Paralympic sports disciplines, with work scheduled to start in the second half of this year. Read more…

London 2012; Lee Valley VeloPark

Lee Valley VeloPark now open!

Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is now open! Choose from cycling the track in the iconic velodrome, race on the road circuit, tackle our mountain bike skills section (trails open late May) or jump and bump on the berms of the re-modelled Olympic BMX track.

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2022 Bid; Oslo2022 visual identity by Snøhetta

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The world’s largest event for winter sports meets Nordic Simplicity.

In 2014, Snøhetta was commissioned to design the visual identity and feasibility study for Oslo 2022’s Applicant City bid. The identity of Oslo 2022’s visual language honors the inherent simplicity and openness in Nordic culture. By balancing playful graphics and strict geometry, the identity represents both the celebration of the Games and the solid planning of the Norwegian bid. The ambition for Oslo’s 2022 Winter Olympics bid is to share the genuine passion for winter sports, and invite the world to an open, friendly and sustainable celebration of sports.

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