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Rio tender for Olympic Velodrome – construction budget R$136.9m

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The City of Rio de Janeiro has opened the bidding for construction and operation of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Velodrome. The construction budget is R$136.9 million. The new Velodrome will be a permanent venue with a capacity of 5,000 fixed seats and an available area for up to 800 temporary seats and flexibility for other arena configurations.

The venue will include the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) for high-performance athletes, which will be the main sport legacy for the city and the country. Like the call for tender for the Tennis Centre, launched on 16 July 2013, the City requires not only the construction, but also the operation of the facility for 23 months starting from delivery. This proposal to ensure the operation of the venue came the Ministry of Sport, which has been working in close partnership with the City. The Federal Government will transfer R$ 136.9 million to the municipality for works and US$ 7.2 million for the operation of the new sport venue, as per the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Sport and the City in May 2012.

Construction of the Velodrome is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013, and the new venue will be delivered in the second half of 2015. The basic design has been completed. The executive project is nearing completion, and will be ready before the start of construction. These projects were procured and are being funded by the City.

The former velodrome was dismantled and transferred by the Sport Ministry to the city of Pinhais in the state of Paraná, maintaining the sport legacy of the Pan American Games. The state of Paraná has the largest track cycling centre in Brazil.

The budget is modest compared to some previous Olympic Velodrome projects but costs include budgeting for recently introduced requirements, such as the flame-retardant seats required by the Fire Department, seats for people with disabilities – as established in Federal Decree 7.823/2012 – and an air conditioning system.

The bidding for the construction and operation of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Velodrome does not include the budget for the wooden track. Hiring the track will Rio 2016´s responsibility.

The winner of the tender for the development of basic and executive projects of the Olympic Velodrome, announced on January 31, 2013, was the Rio Olympic Equipment Consortium, formed by the following companies: Arqhos Consultoria and Projetos LTDA, Arup do Brasil Consultoria LTDA, BlacBackheuserand LeonidioArquiteturaand CidadeS/C, Conen Consultoria and Engenharia LTDA and JLA Casagrande Serviços and Consultoria de Engenharia LTDA. Preliminary studies were prepared by AECOM, winner of the international competition that chose the company responsible for the overall town-planning of the Olympic Park of Barra in August 2011.

The decision to build an Olympic Velodrome was made jointly by the City, Rio 2016 and the Federal Government, after several tests. Survey of the International Cycling Federation (UCI, French acronym for Union Cycliste Internationale) of the velodrome built for the Pan American Games, made at the request of Rio 2016, resulted in the opinion that the structure could not be used in the Olympics.

In their reports, the UCI cited several aspects which were at odds with the requirements necessary for conducting the Olympic competitions. Among these, the fact that the building has two pillars which hindered the view of the public, the viewers and the judges, and the track does not allow athletes to reach the speed necessary to overcome the world and Olympic records. It was established in the Pan American Games that the maximum speed in the velodrome was 70 km/h, at the time for the approval of the 2007 event. Currently, for example, in the 200 meters competition, the world record speed is around 79 km/h. During the 2012 Games in London, the speed achieved was 75 km/h. According to Olympic standards for the requirements for a Category 1 lane, the minimum and maximum speeds should be 85 km/h and 110 km/h, respectively.

Dismantling the old velodrome was done by the Concessionária Rio Mais, responsible for the construction of the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca. The blasting operation began in early March 2013 and was completed in early June, in accordance with the construction schedule of the Olympic Park venues.

The technicians responsible for the disassembly sought to make the most of the venue. The entire track support structure, the grandstand seats, metallic structure and roof, light fixtures, windows, doors, elevator, pipes, aluminium frames, ducts, hydraulic and fire venue material, and the power substation electrical equipment, among other items, were transferred to Pinhais.

Besides the Olympic Velodrome, the City of Rio de Janeiro will also get an outdoor practice velodrome inside one of the Olympic Villages currently in operation. The Rio Ministry of Sport is analysing the standard design recommended by the Brazilian Cycling Federation for such venues. It will be paid for by the Federal Government and will be built in 2014.

Re-use is a legacy theme for Rio 2016 which has a Sustainability Management Plan, established with the three levels of government (federal, state and municipal) to lay the foundations and integrate the principles, actions and projects related to sustainability in planning and operating events.

The launch was marked by the signing (pictured – Denise Hamú, UNEP representative in Brazil, Rio 2016, President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and Rio 2016 Chief Operations Officer Leonardo Gryner during the signing of the technical cooperation agreement. Photo: Alex Ferro Rio 2016) of a technical cooperation agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which provides, among other activities, an evaluation plan and mediation around the subject of sustainability between Rio 2016 and civil society. The sub-brand “Embrace” Rio 2016 will be used in all Games communications related to the Sustainability Plan.

Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport to speak at Stadia & Arena in May

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Alp Berker, Director of Sport for Istanbul 2020 – the bid company for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games – will be the first speaker on the Wednesday morning session of Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013.

The session will focus on Turkey’s burgeoning sports sector and Berker will outline Istanbul’s plans for the Olympics.

Istanbul’s plans for sports facilities is aligned with Turkey’s National Sports Plan, which is a wide-ranging, government programme that provides for an investment of $500 million annually in sports participation and development through low- or no-cost activities. This is complemented by a $1.77 billion government investment that will deliver 415 accessible, high-quality community and elite-level sports facilities and 24 new stadiums across Turkey by 2014.

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Istanbul 2020 works on sport for all

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Istanbul 2020 has been on the road to put the city’s case to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Meanwhile Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up an easy to use online visa issuing service for business and tourist visitors.

Istanbul 2020’s senior bid leadership has been in Lima for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, stating that Turkey’s first ever Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the catalyst for a huge rise in mass sport participation, particularly among the nation’s 31 million young people under the age of 25.

The Istanbul 2020 Chairman, Hasan Arat said:

Istanbul 2020 can be a bridge to an historic impact for the Olympic Movement and the young people of Turkey. Nearly 50% of Turkey’s population is under 25 and we produce around 700,000 university graduates every year. Our Games will provide them with a generation of opportunities across the sports sector, and they are ready to take up the baton for the Olympic Movement. An Olympic and Paralympic Games in Istanbul in 2020 really will mean, Sport for All.

The Istanbul 2020 delegation was seeking to share best practices to support the National Sports Plan: a wide-ranging, transformative government programme that provides for an investment of $500 million annually in sports participation and development through low- or no-cost activities. This is being complemented by a $1.77 billion government investment that will deliver 415 accessible, high-quality community and elite-level sports facilities and 24 new stadiums across Turkey by 2014.

A delegation also recently visited the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In a speech, IPC President Xavier Gonzales expressed his belief in Turkey’s capability to successfully deliver the Games if awarded the rights.

Mehmet Baykan, General Director of Sports, stated that the preparations were proceeding step-by-step and said

We had previously submitted our Bid Book to the authorities. Today we submitted it to the IPC. We have major goals in realizing Istanbul 2020 and we are making great preparations in this regard. It is a great pleasure to be here on behalf of our country. We learned from this meeting that İstanbul has a very distinct position in terms of Paralympic Committee.

Timsah Arena is one of the many new stadiums in development and construction in Turkey. Photo credit: Bursaspor.

Timsah Arena is one of the many new stadiums in development and construction in Turkey. Photo credit: Bursaspor.

Istanbul 2020 has transport and accommodation plans in place

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As part of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit to the city, Istanbul has announced that it has a current inventory of 55,229 hotel rooms. These will be supplemented by further new hotel developments and other programmes to ensure that the city will meet its pledge to deliver more than 100,000 rooms in time for the Games in 2020 – of which only a third will actually be needed during the Games.

Feza Solaklar, Head of Accommodation for Istanbul 2020 said:

We have thoroughly researched and explored all accommodation options in the city, to make our guests’ stay convenient and affordable. We are ready and we look forward to the opportunity to host the entire Olympic and Paralympic Family in our beautiful and exciting city in 2020.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, said:

As the fifth most visited destination in the world, Istanbul is used to hosting the vast number of visitors each year who come to experience the city where Europe meets Asia, where East meets West and where cultures come together in harmony to create a truly unique experience. I have no doubt that the first ever Games to be held on two continents would attract a record number of guests – and with this news, the Olympic family, and fans, can be confident that they will be catered for. Istanbul is now ready to deliver.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

Istanbul 2020 has also announced its “five I’s” transport strategy: Intelligent transport and traffic management schemes; Integrated approaches for systems and plans; Interoperable systems to ensure a seamless transport experience; Inclusive transport solutions to all Games clients; Immunity to incidents and unforeseen events.

“The Games Transport Directorate has been established to take responsibility for the operational planning and delivery of Games transport services. This transport model leverages Istanbul’s existing and planned transport infrastructure. Our transport projects will leave a tremendous legacy for Istanbul and will be executed, irrespective of whether we are awarded the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport of Turkey.

On average, stations will be less than one kilometre from the venue front-of-house, guaranteeing that 91 percent of athletes’ trips will be thirty minutes or less and ensuring an average travel time of just sixteen minutes. Twelve programmes of Istanbul 2020’s Games transport strategy will be implemented in September of this year.

Istanbul sporting and legacy concepts align with national plan

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Istanbul can call upon iconic settings to stage Olympic events if it wins the right to stage the 2020 Games (picture credit: Istanbul bid book).

Istanbul can call upon iconic settings to stage Olympic events if it wins the right to stage the 2020 Games (picture credit: Istanbul bid book).

Istanbul’s state-of-the-art Olympic city and Olympic Village in 2020 will provide athletes with a Recovery Centre at no extra cost to NOCs. The city is hosting the IOC Evaluation Commission this week and it took the opportunity to reveal the city’s sport concept for the Games in 2020. Turkey is already investing $500 million per year into a National Sports Plan and Istanbul’s bid is closely aligned to expenditure in the plan so that full value is earned from the venues built.

Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport, Alp Berker, said:

Last year, Turkey’s government announced a $1.7 billion investment programme which will deliver 415 community sports facilities and 24 new venues between now and 2020. These venues will be designed specifically to meet the long-term requirements of our city and its people as the bid continues to promote sport from grassroots to elite level throughout Turkey’s population, which has an enviably large potential audience of 50% under 25 year old, and 20 million under the age of 20. Our bid believes in the ability of sport to bridge cultures, beliefs and traditions – to inspire enduring harmony.

Istanbul 2020 has been developing the sports and venues programme in full partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic International and National Federations. With the knowledge that athletes spend around 80 per cent of their time training, the Istanbul bid has made plans for a substantial training precinct to be on their doorstep, in the Olympic Village, as well as for a major medical precinct just north of it, including a Recovery Centre.

Legacy plans for the proposed zones collectively include environmental remediation programmes, residential, retail and commercial facilities, recreational facilities, and public spaces for young people to congregate throughout the city. Plans for the Bosphorus Zone include a high impact remediation project that will deliver sports and public spaces, as well as an entertainment precinct for the people of Istanbul.

Istanbul 2020 will look to adopt and enhance special ticketing arrangements such as the “Follow My Team” and “Athletes’ Family and Friends” progammes with other high-tech plans for an online spectator guide which would tailor daily itineraries for each guest, based on their location and interests. In total, 7.9 million tickets will be available with a budgeted generation of $444 million for the Olympic and Paralympic competitions combined.

Between now and 2020, a further $4 billion will be invested through the National Sports Plan, enabled through the Olympic Law, ensuring financial guarantees and an ongoing cash flow for Istanbul 2020.