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Work begins on Rio 2016 Olympic Park

Work begins on Rio 2016 Olympic Park


Construction work began on the Olympic Park for the Rio 2016 Games last Friday 6 July. The work was timed to commence shortly before Rio de Janeiro becomes an Olympic City, which will happen after the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony on 12 August.

The installations in Rio’s Olympic Park are expected to cover an area of 1.18 million square meters, which will cater for 14 Olympic disciplines: basketball, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, handball, tennis, cycling, diving, water polo, swimming, synchronized swimming, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics. Nine Paralympic disciplines will also be staged there: wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, bocce, judo, sitting volleyball, goalball, wheelchair tennis, cycling and swimming.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the President of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said as work commenced: “Today is a historical day for Brazilian sport. The Olympic Park is the heart of the Games, and after 2016 it will leave as a legacy the first Olympic Training Camp in South America.”

Rio 2016 photos

  • Barra Olympic Park

    Barra Olympic Park is located in a field of 1,18 million m² and, besides the sports venues, it will also have the International Broadcast Centre and the Main Press Centre.

  • Athletes Village

    The Athletes Village will be composed of 31 buildings and will be able to receive over 17,000 people during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Athletes Village

    The Athletes Village is located only five minutes away of the Olympic Park, which will host most of the competitions in Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Deodoro

    Deodoro will host seven Olympic and three Paralympic competitions in 2016.

  • Deodoro Zone

    The Deodoro Zone will receive substantial investments in transportation infrastructure and become a youth focused X-Park in legacy mode.