One Month Before Rio 2016: Infrastructure for the Summer Olympics

Jul 14, 2016 • By • 36 Views

The euphoria is out and about with less than a month before the 2016 Summer Olympic games and Brazil is confident that that it can successfully host the major international sporting event that will happen in 33 areas in the host city and five other venues, namely, São Paulo, Brasilia, Salvador, Manaus, and Belo Horizonte.

The sporting extravaganza takes place from August 5 – 21, and it comes not only with the fervor of the three-week event, but also the promise of a transformation for Brazil and its people.

Brazil won the bid for hosting this game, besting other bidders which included Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, Japan; and Chicago, USA. In providing the infrastructure for the Olympics, the host country is required to assure technical requirements of the stakeholders involved. The stakeholders are composed of the local organizing committee for the Olympic Games, International Federations (IFs), and the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). These stakeholders make sure that the host city has the existing facilities  and deliver the necessary contractions.

However, a few months before the Summer Olympics, Brazil was haunted with various issues.

Brazil has to contend with the onslaught of political turmoil with the call to impeach second-termer President Dilma Rousseff, a looming financial crisis, and the breakout of the Zika Virus, a mosquito born disease linked to the occurrence of microcephaly in babies.

In addition, there is also the issue of slow construction of new transit systems, athlete housing, and other important buildings for the smooth conduct of the event.

This started journalists and people anticipating the Olympics to question whether the host country is worth the capital investment or if it can deliver the necessary infrastructures for the event or not.

But Brazil said that the following infrastructures and facility improvements can make it on time:

  1. Maracanã Stadium - the legendary soccer venue that will be the venue for soccer games and the opening and closing ceremonies for the Summer Olympics.
  2. Arenas Cariocas -  the venue for basketball, wrestling, and fencing.
  3. Marina da Glória – the venue for sailing events.
  4. The Arena do Futuro – for handball games.
  5. Cleaner water in time for the event
  6. Bus Rapid Transit stations and lines for easy transportation of spectators of the games.
  7. Olympics Media Center
  8. Housing buildings for the athletes
  9. Aquatic Stadium
  10.  Tennis Center
  11.  Velodrome for the track cycling

Whether these sports facilities are improvements of existing ones, constructed anew, or temporarily built has an impact on the scale and expense of hosting the games.  Rio is slated to build 35 sports venues - seven of them are intended to be temporary, and 18 already exist.

In every venue, especially for major sporting events like the Olympics, careful infrastructure asset management and risk management have been applied to ensure that the facilities are built properly, are accorded the proper maintenance and rehabilitation, or are replaced with better ones. 

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