Aquece Rio

A little update from the last weeks

Yes it has been more than 3 weeks since my last post. I’ve been really busy taking care of family and involved in a new project. I feel so bad for being away for such a long time, but at the same time I wanted to write a new post, I felt it was still difficult to talk about Rio in a positive way. Of course things are not bad all the time! We have good days, we have bad days, and life goes on.

In those last weeks I had been offline, Rio hosted some of the first Olympics Test Events.

We had test events for Triathlon, Rowing, Equestrian, Sailing, Road Cycling and the Marathon Swimming this past weekend. I was able to follow the Triathlon event, the Olympic and Paralympic competitions, and it was really exciting to  watch closely all those high level athletes competing in the beautiful scenario of Copacabana beach. There was a strong security scheme and everything went on peacefully.

Public security is definitely the big issue that still needs to be figured out to turn Rio into an Olympic City. As far as I have seen by those test events, while the neighborhoods which hosted the test events were very well patrolled by police, other neighborhoods were completely abandoned.  And sometimes not even the security scheme for the test event could avoid some incidents, like the one that happened during the Road Cycling Olympic test event, when Rio City Hall’s media team had their equipment robbed while covering the event.

I don’t doubt that there will be a very strong Security scheme for Rio Olympic Games! I even read that Rio Olympics will have more than twice the number of security personnel than London had in 2012 . But  I’m still worried if we are going to be able to guarantee safety not only for the athletes but also for the tourists and of course for Rio citizens.

Well, enough of talking about Rio concerns.

I share with you some of the photos I took while watching the Triathlon event.

Hope you like them!

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Counting down for the Olympic Games 2016, The Test-Events

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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!!!