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Rio Olympics to be delivered “On Time and On Budget”

An unexpected message sent by Rio’s Olympic Organising Committee will see the 2016 Olympic Games delivered “On time and on budget”.

Despite the documented delay and overspend that preceded the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June Last year, Leonardo Gryner, Deputy CEO of the committee ensures that “Everything will be ready at least eight months before the games, in time to hand over to the various federations for test events,” stating “That is very nice for us Brazilians. We feel very proud we have managed to deliver as planned.”

And as far as the facilities for the games are concerned it would suggest that Gryner is not exaggerating.

Buildings appear to be almost complete, many new centres are already functioning and a main advantage for the organisers is that much of the action will take place in existing sporting infrastructure. The opening and closing ceremonies, for instance, will take place in the Maracanã (already upgraded for the World Cup) and the athletics will take place in the stadiums built for the Pan American Games in 2007. Let’s face it, there’s hardly limited facilities to stage beach volleyball, sailing and mountain biking!

“75 per cent of the square metres required for the Games were already there,” says Gryner. “We were building just 25 per cent of the square metres required. Venues for events such as shooting, equestrian and the arena for gymnastics were all built for the Pan American Games.”

Nevertheless, taxpayers will still find themselves bearing the burden of paying for the international sporting event which will spend an overall budget of 37 billion Reais (£7.6 billion). As of yet, however, it appears the Brazilians are more welcoming of the Olympic Games compared to the animosity leading up to the criticised World Cup.

“Last week there were some protests all over the country,” says Gryner of the more than one million people who took to the streets to march against the government of President Dilma Rousseff. “We were very curious to see if there would be banners saying ‘No Olympics’. There was nothing like that. People have a very good understanding of what we are trying to undertake.”

In a poll that was conducted at the end of last year, 67% of Brazilians were in favour of the Games. This will be put to the test on Monday when the first tranche of tickets are made available for sale to the domestic market.

Gryner also went on to say that the games in Brazil will be “fit, clean and fun. Clean meaning being ethical. Fit meaning that we are doing what is needed and nothing else. That will show that many cities can host the Olympics without overspending. And fun? Well this is Brazil.”

Despite Gryners confidence and humour, serious issues still need to be addressed such as traffic control, pollution and crime. Brazil still have a lot to do before they can sit back but what Gryner and the Rio Olympics Committee is sure of is “The experience that people had when they arrived here for the World Cup, despite the criticism, was they had a wonderful time. Because that’s our way. And they will again for the Olympics.”

We say, bring on the games!

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2016 Olympic Games Medals to be made from recycled electronics

Medals for the 2016 Olympic Games which will take place in Rio de Janeiro will be made from recycled electronic equipment it has been announced.

Initially made from Gold, silver and bronze, the award medals now stand to include metal from discarded household appliances. Items such as broken laptops, mobile phones and cookers will become part of the Brazilian Mint production line for 4,924 award medals and 75,000 participation medals illustrating Rio 2016’s commitment to sustainability.

“The medals are one of the most important symbols of the Games and we are very pleased that we can count on the Brazilian Mint as our partner in this unique moment in the history of Brazilian sport,” said Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.

The Brazilian mint will also produce Rio 2016’s medal ribbons, award diplomas, certificates of authenticity, participation and commemorative certificates, as well as the commemorative medals, which are special collectors’ items.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is a very special event and we could not stay out of it,” said Brazilian Mint President Francisco Franco. “We hope most of these medals will be won by Brazilian competitors.”

The Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games announced Rio de Janeiro as it’s’ host during the 121st IOC Session held in Denmark on October 2nd 2009 and will prepare its opening ceremony for 10,500 athletes from 204 countries on the 5th August 2016.

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