In less than 13 months, Rio will face one of the biggest challenges since the 2014 World Cup, the Olympic Games of 2016.
If you happen to be in Rio in the recent past you might have seen with your own eyes how much is being done in the city for the Olympic Games.
The huge subway construction of a new line that will make Rio metro reach Barra da Tijuca neighborhood; the VLT (light trail) being constructed in downtown to connect Airport Santos Dumont to the port area; the expansion of BRT (bus rapid transit) in west zone, connecting the international airport to West Zone, were Barra da Tijuca neighborhood is located and were many of the olympic competitions will take place; the construction of the Olympic Park and much more. But we all keep wondering if everything is going to be really ready and working in a good service level for the Olympic Games, when Rio will be on the window for the whole World to watch.
The preparations to turn Rio into an Olympic City are coming to a crucial point and in this next August and September, Rio will host 9 competitions, that are part of “Aquece Rio – Test Events” (Warm up Rio), when the Olympics organizations will have the opportunity to test the competitions sites and venue operations. On the other side the athletes will have the chance to compete at the locations where the Olympic Games themselves will be held.
It is a kind of rehearsal for the next year real Olympic competitions. Olympic authorities like IOC (International Olympique Committee) will be watching and observing how things are gone come out.
Last July, 18th, we had the opportunity to watch one of the first of those Test-events, the Semi-finals games for the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World , in Maracanãzinho, the volleyball Arena in the Maracanã Stadium Complex. (check here)
This weekend, August 1st and 2nd, there will be the paratriathlon and thriathlon competitions taking place in Copacabana neighborhood. Then, in the end of next week, there will be the rowing competition in Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and then the Equestrian eventing in Deodoro, a north zone neighborhood.
You can check all the complete calendar for the Test-Events here.
Around here, my family and I are very excited with the Olympic Games, and we are anxious to see how Rio will come out in those test-events. I hope there will be enough time to fix eventual mistakes and problems and we are counting the days for the Olympic Games themselves (#being positive!!!)
We applied for the tickets of many Olympic events, but as the offer is lower than the demand for tickets, we are waiting anxiously for the results of the lottery, hoping to watch as many sports events as possible.
Despite all the social problems Rio is living recently we are anxious to attend at least some of the competitions of Rio Olympic Games. It will be an extraordinary experience to watch the Olympic games going on in our backyard and we don’t want to lose this chance.
This morning I went out for a walk in Copacabana sidewalk and had the opportunity to see and photograph part of what is going on here. Workers making the final preparations for tomorrow competitions and athletes from different countries training and checking the conditions for tomorrow paratriathlon competition! Yes, the Olympic sports are already in the air!!
And you, are you planning to come for the Rio Olympic Games, or is there anyone you know who is planning to come? I would love to hear your plans!
Have a great weekend everyone!!!