As part of the celebrations to mark 1,000 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 9 November, the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government inaugurated an observation tower at the Olympic Park.
Standing nine metres tall, the tower gives visitors a privileged view of some of the most important venues that will be used for the sporting mega-event.
The first people to visit the tower, received by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and the President of the Municipal Olympic Company Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, were the governor Sergio Cabral; the executive secretary of the Sports Ministry, Luis Fernandes; the president of the Olympic Public Authority, Army general Fernando Azevedo e Silva; the president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman; and members of the City Council, a body which is made up of citizens from different sectors of Rio’s society who contribute to the development of the city.
During this first visit the group was able to observe important advances in work, such as the first phase of construction of the Tennis Centre, which started at the end of October. More advanced and already in the foundation construction phase are the works on the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the three sports halls, which, after the Games, will form part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC).
In the first half of 2014 the remaining three sport venues in the Olympic Park will start to be erected: the Velodrome, the Aquatic Centre and the Handball Arena.
In constructing of the Olympic Park observation tower, the Rio Mais concessionaire recycled part of the grandstand from the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack, which was at the same site. In the future, the tower will form part of a guided tour aimed at students, Brazilian and foreign visitors, public authorities and Rio’s inhabitants in general.
Brazil youth celebrates 1,000-day landmark
On the same day, Brazilian youths participated in Olympic sports in Belém, the capital of the Pará State in the north of Brazil.
Almost 4,000 athletes aged between 15 and 17 and from across the country competed in 13 disciplines in the biggest edition of the Brazilian School Youth Games, which officially opened on 7 November.
Agberto Guimarães, Rio 2016 Executive Director of Sport & Paralympic Integration said: “An event like this is an excellent start for future high level athletes; it can multiply the contact with Olympic values and sports. Each of these 4,000 athletes will spread this engagement through their schoolmates, teachers, friends and family. Celebrating the 1,000 days to go milestone during the competition in Belém means touching the whole country with the spirit and magic of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games”.
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