Rio 2016; Planting of grass begins on Olympic Golf Course

Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro


Planting of grass begins on the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course. The process, considered to be the final stage in building a golf course, began on the first of the 18 holes.

The Olympic Golf Course in Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, is taking shape. On Tuesday 20 May the process of planting grass began on the first of the 18 holes, hole number 8. Grassing is considered to be the final stage in building a golf course, with a predicted timeline for grass growth of 11 months.

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Rio 2016; The return of Golf

Rio 2016; construction status of the competition venues

status Rio 2016 competition venues

table; construction status of the Rio 2016 competition venues


Thirty-eight per cent of Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition venues ready

Of the 29 permanent venues that will be used, 11 are already operational and do not need to be renovated for the Games.

With more than two years to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, 38 per cent of the competition venues are ready for the event. Of the 29 permanent venues, 11 are operational, while eight require some renovation work and the other 10 will form part of the sporting legacy that is being constructed in the city. Eight temporary venues will also be used to host competitions.


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PyeongChang 2018; Gangneung Speed Skating Stadium

Gangneung 1

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With two underground and three above-grade floors, this project is built for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics on a 429,754 square meter site in Gyodong, Gangneung. The site covers a sanitary landfill and pine forest filled with Japanese pine trees. The primary goal and starting point of the project were to rehabilitate the landfill and preserve the forest. In order to achieve this, the master plan was adapted to the original topography, allowing the stadium, plaza and landscaped areas to communicate with the natural surroundings. Embodying the theme ‘Ice Scape’, the speed skating stadium reflects the natural landscape of Gangneung on the glass between the separated masses. The energy from the stadium extends outside thus unifying building and nature and creating an iconic symbol for the winter Olympics. Capitalizing off dramatic vistas of the magnificent mountains and expansive ocean, the new speed skating stadium becomes a new landmark of the region.

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Rio 2016; Deodoro Olympic Park venues

BMX Centre

deodoro - bmx

Olympic Hockey Centre



deodoro - x park

Deodoro Arena

deodoro - deodoro arena

National Shooting Centre

deodoro - 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…

Rio 2016; IOC tells Rio 2016 that there is not a moment to lose


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The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today wrapped up its sixth visit to the Brazilian host city (19-21 March) with a clear message to the organisers that every second counts.

With just over two years to go until the Games open on 5 August 2016, the Commission indicated that a constant, concerted and integrated effort is required for the successful delivery of the Games and their legacy.

The Commission acknowledged the progress made in a number of areas since its last visit in September 2013 and IOC President Bach’s visit in February 2014, such as the finalisation of the overall venue master plan, the validation of Rio 2016’s lifetime budget, and the integration of the federal government’s efforts under President Rousseff’s Chief of Staff, Aloizio Mercadante.

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