Venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro – Games of the XXXI Olympiad
RIO DE JANEIRO 2016 OLYMPICS 5th August – 21st August
Source: Rio 2016
Sustainability was the theme as the Olympic Aquatics Stadium for the Rio 2016 Games was officially unveiled on 8 April 2016. The arena for swimming and water polo has been built using ‘nomadic architecture’ techniques that will allow it to be taken down and rebuilt as two smaller aquatics venues after the Games.
The venue also has an innovative natural ventilation system that will keep it cool while reducing energy usage. After inputting the average Games-time temperatures in Barra Olympic Park into complex mathematical calculations, 15,000 strategically positioned tiny holes were drilled into the structure to ensure a refreshing air-flow.
The government of Rio, which oversaw the venue’s construction with investment from the federal government of Brazil, said that without the energy-saving technology the equivalent of 10,000 household air conditioning units would have been needed to artificially cool the arena.
The Olympic Aquatics Stadium has two pools, one for competition and one for training, each with a capacity for 3.7 million litres of water. The seating surrounds the competition pool, with front-row seats as close as 10 metres from the pool. A special filter system will reduce the use of chemicals by 25 per cent and the water will be maintained between 25 and 28 degrees celsius, as advised by FINA, aquatic sport’s governing body.
The venue, which has a gross capacity of 14,997 people, will host its first competitions this month: the test events for Olympic swimming (15-20 April), Paralympic swimming (22-24 April) and water polo (25-29 April). The Olympic swimming test event is the traditional Maria Lenk Trophy, which will also act as the Olympic trials for the Brazilian team.
During the Olympic Games, the venue will host the swimming on 6-13 August and the knock-out stages of the water polo on 14-20 August, before staging the Paralympic swimming events on 8-17 September.
As with the Future Arena, which will be dismantled and its parts used to build four public schools, the Olympic Aquatics Stadium will be taken down and reused after the Games. Its parts will be employed in the construction of two aquatics centres, one with a covered 50m pool and capacity for 6,000 people, the other with a 50m pool with capacity for 3,000 people.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – On the Road to Rio, the United States Olympic Committee is joining forces with National Governing Bodies in hosting a total of 29 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials events in 24 cities across the U.S. With 12 events having already been staged dating back to September 2015, the schedule now kicks into high gear with Trials in 12 out of the next 14 weeks.
Remaining Olympic and Paralympic U.S. Team Trails
Archery and Paralympic Archery #2
Dates: April 17-22, 2016
Location: Chula Vista, Calif.
Dates: April 18-24, 2016
Location: Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
Date: May 7-8, 2016
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Dates: May 8, 2016
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Shooting (Shotgun #2)
Dates: May 16-25, 2016
Location: Tillar, Ark.
Dates: May 23-29, 2016
Location: Newberry, Fla.
Shooting (Rifle/Pistol Airgun #2)
Dates: June 1-8, 2016
Location: Ft. Benning, Ga.
Dates: June 11, 2016
Location: Chula Vista, Calif.
Dates: June 23 and 25, 2016
Location: St. Louis, Mo.
Dates: June 18-26, 2016
Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
Paralympic Archery #3
Dates: June 24-27, 2016
Location: Chula Vista, Calif.
Paralympic Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field
Dates: June 30-July 2, 2016
Location: Charlotte, N.C.
Dates: June 26-July 3, 2016
Location: Omaha, Neb.
Track and Field
Dates: July 1-10, 2016
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Dates: July 8 & 10, 2016
Location: San Jose, Calif.
Rousseff scraps torch-lighting trip to Greece
ATHENS- Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has canceled plans to attend the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia later this month, Greece’s Olympic Committee (HOC) said on Friday.
Rousseff’s office in Brasilia said her trip to Greece was never confirmed because it overlapped with two events she is due to attend at the United Nations on drugs and climate change.
Rousseff, facing an impeachment effort over a series of scandals and probes in Brazil, had been expected to attend the April 21 torch-lighting event along with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.
The ritual at the birthplace of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece traditionally marks the countdown to the world’s biggest multi-sports event with the lighting of the torch and a torch relay.
“The President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff has canceled her presence at the event according to information provided to the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) by the embassy of Brazil,” event organizers HOC said in a statement.
Rio will host the first Olympics in South American from Aug. 5-21, with their torch relay starting on May 3 in the capital Brasilia and ending in Rio on the day of the opening ceremony.
Preparations for the Games have been hit by the country’s worst recession in decades, with organizers racing to save money through a series of last minute cost-cutting measures.
Ticket sales have lagged compared to previous Games, with less than half of them sold, according to data announced by organizers last month.
Organizers have also grappled with pollution in waters where sailing and rowing events will be held, and the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has spread across the continent.
These challenges come as authorities have said they suspect corruption in Olympic-building projects carried out by the same construction and engineering firms charged with graft in a major scandal involving state-run oil company Petrobras.
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