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The Olympic Flag landed at Tokyo’s Haneda airport earlier this week, after having travelled more than 18,000km from the 2016 Olympic city of Rio to the Japanese capital. The flag was handed over by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games on August 21 at the Maracanã Stadium.

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Bill Sweeney, CEO at the British Olympic Association (BOA), is the latest high-ranking industry professional to confirm as a speaker for next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition, where he will deliver the Closing Keynote.

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During the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Future Arena will host the handball games and be packed with 12,000 spectators. When the Games are over, its structure will be dismantled and used in the construction of four state schools, thus leaving a lasting legacy to the city of Rio de Janeiro. Three schools will be constructed in Barra da Tijuca and one in Maracanã – each accommodating 500 students – as part of a 178 million reais (GB£48m/US$77m/€57m) legacy project.

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The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have announced the Tokyo 2020 Live Site Programme ‘Rio to Tokyo’ that will take place during the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and across Japan, as a foretaste of the next summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

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The Olympic Hockey Centre has two match fields and one training pitch (Photo: Rio 2016/Alexandre Loureiro)

Work on venues at Barra and Deodoro Olympic Parks is almost complete. At Barra, the three Carioca Arenas are more than 95 per cent complete, the Future Arena  is 100 per cent, the Olympic Aquatics Stadium  is 96 per cent and International Broadcast Centre  is 100 per cent complete.

At Deodoro, the completed canoe slalom course will host the sport’s test event 29 November, and the finished BMX track hosted its test event last month. The nearby mountain bike course is also ready.

The hockey field held a test event beginning 24 November – eight teams featuring 144 players and 230 employees from 25 organising committee departments assisted by 166 volunteers at the five-day event.

Rio 2016 hockey manager Eduardo dos Santos Leonardo said:

Competition operations, results and medical services will be among the main areas tested.

The field of play, technology, sport presentation and results will be in full operation in Deodoro, working in the same way that they will during the Olympic Games.

The Rio golf  course  was unveiled on 22 November. The sport returns after a 112-year absence (St Louis 1904). Designed by American Gil Hanse, the 970,000m² course will have capacity for 15,000 fans during the Games and afterwards will help increase public participation in the sport in Brazil.

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The 280m canoe slalom course will host its test event, the Aquece Rio International Canoe Slalom, 24-29 November. The Olympic and Paralympic Village is now 97 per cent complete.

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The team of directors creating the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony have been discussing their approach. It will be a thrilling fusion of Brazilian culture set to the rhythms of the country’s vigorous musical styles, produced by some of the nation’s best creative talent, and at a tenth of the cost of the London Games. 

Oscar-nominated film director Fernando Meirelles, whose back catalogue includes City of God and The Constant Gardener, said:

We have listened to specialists, like anthropologist Hermano Vianna, who have different visions of what Brazil is. It will be a synthesis of our popular culture.

Meirelles is part of a team including fellow film directors Andrucha Waddington and Daniela Thomas, production executive Abel Gomes and samba school creative director Rosa Magalhães, one of the most famous figures of Rio Carnival.

About 12,000 volunteers will join the casts for the Olympic and Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. While more than 15,000 people have already applied to be part of the shows watched by a global audience of many millions, it is still possible for budding performers from all over the world to get involved.  Rehearsals begin in April next year and continue until the ceremonies (August for the Olympic Games and September for the Paralympic Games).

The vision of the team of directors will be brought to life by Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker and American live-event director Steve Boyd, who has contributed to 13 consecutive Olympic Games. Waddington explained:

We create something on a smaller scale and afterwards it is amplified. We saw last week the incredible moves that Deborah has created with this small group. We have already started to visualise how each movement will work after it’s been multiplied by a thousand people.

Meirelles said the budget would be sensible:

It will be 10 times smaller than for the London 2012 opening ceremony. It does not make sense to be extravagant in this moment that the country is facing. It will not be a high-tech ceremony, it will be high-concept.

Caetano added:

The strength of our ceremony will be working with more people and less things, less props. Because when the party is over, those things create rubbish.

Gomes, a set designer and producer of mega-events such as the huge New Year’s Eve celebrations on Copacabana beach and the Rock in Rio festival, leads Cerimônias Cariocas, the company that will deliver the Rio 2016 ceremonies. Looking ahead to the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 5 August 2016 at the Maracanã Stadium, he said:

It will be the biggest event in all of our lives.

Photo: Fernando Meirelles gained international critical acclaim for his 2002 film City of God. (Photo: Rio 2016/Daniel Ramalho)

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3

Carioca Arena 3, which will host fencing, taekwondo and judo, is the first venue in the Barra Olympic Park to have its seating section completed – all 10,000 of the blue and green units.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

The seating installation team now move on to Carioca Arena 1, which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and then Carioca Arena 2, which will stage Olympic judo and wrestling, plus boccia during the Paralympic Games.

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Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

The metallic roof of Carioca Arena 3 is complete and installation of the 285 wooden beams that will form part of its facade began in January. The sinuous aluminium sections that interlock between the beams are also being installed.

Tokyo wildcard sports

Venues in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games already push the envelope in terms of design and technology. An additional challenge for all concerned is that the Olympic Games allows a new sport to turn up at late notice. That sport may need a new venue.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the shortlisted eight IOC-recognised International Federations (IFs) proposing events to be considered for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

1. World Baseball Softball Confederation – WBSC

2. World Bowling – WB

3. World Karate Federation – WKF

4. International Roller Sports Federation – FIRS

5. International Federation of Sport Climbing – IFSC

6. World Squash Federation – WSF

7. International Surfing Association – ISA

8. International Wushu Federation – IWUF

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will make a decision on the event(s) to be proposed to the IOC in September 2015. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016, providing just three years to develop an appropriate venue.

Rio 2016 hockey tournament to be played on world-class artificial turf

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Worldwide Olympic Partner, Dow, works with strategic customer, Polytan, to supply the high-performing playing surface for the Olympic hockey pitches.

Building on the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games experience, the innovative artificial turf solution based on The Dow Chemical Company’s (NYSE: DOW) polyethylene (PE) and polyurethane (PU) technologies will be the official playing surface for hockey competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Deodoro Olympic Park.

Dow, the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, is working once again with Polytan STI, a global leading manufacturer and supplier for outdoor and indoor sports surfaces, to deliver a higher-performing, more reliable and faster artificial turf for the world’s best hockey players in Rio.

The companies worked together on London 2012’s Riverbank Arena, which helped set the new standard for hockey’s most important competitions.

Game-changing features

Two pitches and one warm-up area at Deodoro, as well as two additional pitches to be built at the Federal University of Rio, will benefit from a comprehensive playing surface that consists of specific high-performing materials formulated together in multiple layers. The surface system is designed to deliver enhanced durability for increased pitch life, and a consistent field-of-play throughout the busy Olympic competition schedule.

The production of synthetic turf is a highly elaborated process. The system begins with the production of the master batch and the yarn for the turf. The subsequent tufting and backing process provide a strong turf bind, even when the surface is wet. For the upper surface layer, the polymer yarn provides wear resistance and energy absorption, combined with softness and speed. The complete turf system, including embedded shock pad properties, provides stability, durability, shock absorption and force reduction properties for the benefit of the players and the game.

The internationally-certified artificial turf system offers colorability, enabling customised aesthetics and design for the playing surface. London 2012 marked the first Olympic hockey competition in history to be played on blue and pink turf. The blue colour enabled players, officials, spectators and the media to keep their eyes on the ball more easily, because it provided a high level of contrast against the yellow ball and white lines.

Ana Carolina Haracemiv, Global Marketing Director, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics, said:

Our unique position as the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games and a global leader in the plastics industry, combined with our customer’s experience in artificial playing surfaces, enables us to deliver the best turf conditions for the world’s greatest athletes – in hockey and other sports. The solution we developed together is durable, low maintenance, stays consistently flat and fast from game to game, and requires no watering – compared to natural grass.

Contributing to the Olympic Legacy in Rio

Beyond the Olympic athletes, citizens of Rio will largely benefit from the innovative playing surfaces to be installed in Deodoro, as the Park will remain as one of the main legacy projects for the city after the Games have concluded. Dow and its customer plan to donate material to support the construction of the Deodoro pitches and enable the long-term use of the fields.

Sidney Levy, Chief Executive Officer of Rio 2016, said:

The contribution we are receiving from Dow and its customer is an extraordinary example of how the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are changing – for the better – our city and communities. It takes true Olympic spirit, strong partnerships and great corporate citizenship to help us deliver this unique legacy for the future of Rio.


Image: Dow/Polytan hockey pitch at London 2012

FIFA confirms football venues for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Seven stadiums in six cities – Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Manaus, Brasília and Belo Horizonte – will stage the matches.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s and women’s football tournaments will take place in six cities: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Manaus, Brasília and Belo Horizonte. The football co-host cities were confirmed after a meeting of FIFA’s Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments on Monday (16 March) in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was decided that the 58 matches will be staged at: Corinthians Arena (São Paulo), the Maracanã and Olympic Stadium (Rio de Janiero), Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador), Mané Garrincha Stadium (Brasília), Amazônia Arena (Manaus) and the Mineirão (Belo Horizonte).

Rio 2016 President, Carlos Nuzman, said:

The inclusion of Manaus in the Rio 2016 Olympic schedule will enrich the tournament with a visit of the football players to one of the most iconic locations in the world. I am certain that the Amazon will welcome the Olympic world with a memorable celebration.

Football is the only sport that will be hosted outside of Rio de Janeiro, with the tournament taking the Rio 2016 Games to the rest of Brazil. There will be 16 teams in the men’s competition and 12 in the women’s tournament. Further details about the Rio 2016 football tournaments will be confirmed by FIFA and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in the coming days.

Marco Polo Del Nero, chairman of the FIFA Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments, said:

The Olympic football tournaments will be a fantastic opportunity to revive the great atmosphere seen during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, not only in Rio de Janeiro, but also in the other five cities. They did an excellent job in 2014, and now they can use the World Cup stadiums and infrastructure already in place to unite the country for a major event once more. I am confident that the participating teams will have an unforgettable Olympic experience.

Two South American teams are already confirmed in the Rio 2016 men’s football competition: Brazil, as host country, and Argentina, as the winners of the South American Under-20 championship. In the women’s tournament, Colombia confirmed their place, along with hosts Brazil, by finishing runners-up in last year’s Copa America. All the remaining places will be decided by April 2016.

The men’s Olympic football competition features players up to the age of 23 (born after 31 December 1992), with the exception of three ‘over-age’ players per nation. The 16 teams will be divided into four groups of four and the competition will begin on 4 August, one day before the Olympic Games opening ceremony. The two best-performing members of each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. The final will be played on 20 August, a day before the closing ceremony, at the Maracanã Stadium.

In the women’s competition there are no age restrictions. The 12 teams will be split into three groups of four, and matches will start on 3 August. The top two teams in each group and the two best third-placed teams will progress to the quarter-finals. The final will be played on 19 August, also at the Maracanã Stadium.


Image: The Amazônia Arena will host Olympic football in one of the world’s most iconic locations. (Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Rio handball arena will be four schools in legacy

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Rio’s City Hall’s Request for Proposals for construction of Rio 2016’s Olympic Games Handball Arena requires the implementation of ‘nomadic architecture’ to avoid a permanent construction that could remain unused after the Games. After the sports mega-event, the venue will be disassembled and its components will be reinstalled, resulting in four schools, each with a 500-student capacity.

Although many components from the London Olympic overlay venues have found other uses, the whole use of an overlay venue towards planned future buildings is thought to be unique. The winning bidder will be responsible for the construction, operation and dismantling of the Olympic venue and assembling of the schools in 2017.

The Handball Arena will be built in an area of about 35,000 square meters at the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca. With capacity for 12,000 spectators, the Arena will host the Olympic handball competitions and the Paralympic goalball competitions. The works are scheduled to start in the first half of 2014, and should be completed in the second half of 2015.

Construction works should amount to R$ 121.1 million. The operation would require additional investments of R$ 6 million; R$ 19.7 million in the disassembling, and R$ 31.2 million in the assembling of the new schools. Accordingly, the Federal Government will transfer to the Municipal Government around R$ 178 million, according to the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Sport and the City Hall in May 2012. The funds from PAC (Growth Acceleration Programme) will be passed along by the Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal).

In the Candidacy File of 2009, the Handball Arena was to be a permanent venue – the fourth Hall of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) – whose construction was forecast at approximately R$ 160.6 million (value corrected according to the INCC-DI Index for the period between January 2009 and October 2013). However, the City Hall and the Federal Government assessed that three halls already comply with the OTC demand, and chose to build a temporary arena, eliminating the high cost of maintaining permanent equipment in the future. In order to reinforce the principle that the Olympic Games must serve the city and extend the benefits generated by the investment in the overlay, the City Hall developed the nomadic architecture concept.

In order to transform an Olympic venue into four new schools, the construction was fully planned to facilitate the reuse of its structure and components. Selected through a public bid, the Rio 2016 Project Consortium (Consórcio Rio Projetos 2016) composed of Lopes Santos & Ferreira Gomes Arquitetos, MBM Serviços de Engenharia and DW Engenharia, developed the Handball Arena and schools basic and executive projects.

The location of the schools was defined in partnership with the Municipal Education Secretariat. Three schools will benefit students in the Barra region. The first will be located near the Olympic Park; the second in a land lot at Avenida Salvador Allende; and the third, near the Parque Carioca, where residents of the Vila Autódromo community will be partially rellocated. The fourth school will be installed in a land lot in São Cristóvão.

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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.

Crowley has venue management experience to succeed in Rio

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The Rio 2016 operation is up and running, designs are completed and tenders are going out for venue construction and operation post-Games. Meanwhile, the management team of the local organising committee is hard at work. In one of a series of staff profiles, we meet Venue Management Director for Rio 2016 Christopher Crowley.

Crowley faces one of his career’s greatest challenges. With solid experience in big events, he has been through two Winter Olympic Games editions (Salt Lake City 2002 and Vancouver 2010), always working in venue management. In Rio 2016, however, the challenge is even greater. A team member since November 2012, Crowley is responsible for the management of more than 50 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition and non-competition venues.

One of his team’s most important deliveries has just completed. The project called “Model Venue Exercise” started on 13 June and lasted for 15 weeks. Rio Olympic Arena served as model to the other venues that will host all the competitions, events as well as further Games services. Led by Crowley, the Venue Management team is responsible for integrating the operations of almost all functional areas in each venue. Crowley explained:

It’s a very challenging task but, on our side, we have a very receptive and motivated team to make it all happen. The whole team working in the Model Venue is doing a great job. Our main goal is to create a more integrated, consistent and effective operations planning method.

The numbers are impressive. In the Olympic Games alone, there will be 45 world championships in only 17 days. In the Paralympic Games, there will be another 23. And 36 competition venues will host all that. Another 14 will host other events, the case of the Main Press Centre for example.

Ensuring all these venues are ready to host not only competitions but also offer quality services to spectators, athletes, press people as well as employees and volunteers themselves, who will be present at each site, is a job for various hands. Model Venue Exercise was aimed at mapping all services, equipment, workforce and any other requirements applied to a specific venue in order to serve each one of these clients. Crowley added:

Until now, functional areas were responsible for their own planning and did it according to their own specific needs, without taking into consideration everything else that will happen around them. Since Model Venue, we will have all this planning in our hands but now we also invest in a global vision, identifying connecting points between the areas, anticipating everything that needs to be synchronised and the way this integration will happen.

This initiative’s final product will show, in a series of documents, all the resources, services and other operations that will take place in Rio Olympic Arena, including equipment, services, workforce and security aspects among other things. Once this operational planning is ready, the same methodology will be applied to the other venues, always respecting the specific characteristics of each.

Crowley’s experience adds some important knowledge in operating these venues according to high quality standards. Crowley was Ski and Snowboard Venues General Manager in Salt Lake City 2002 and Whistler Medals Plaza and Media Centre General Manager in Vancouver 2010. Besides his Games experience, he also worked in municipal venues management in Salt Lake City and San Francisco during international sporting and music events.

Rio Tennis Centre tender requires combined construction and operation

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Rio de Janeiro’s City Hall has launched a tender for the construction and operation of the 2016 Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park Tennis Centre. The venue will be part of the future Olympic Training Centre (OTC) for high-performance athletes, the main sporting legacy of Rio’s Olympic Games to Brazil and to the city.

The Federal Government will transfer R$ 182,7 million to the municipality for the construction works and services, according to a technical cooperation agreement signed by the Sports Ministry and the City Hall in May 2012. The resources come from the Brazilian Growth Acceleration Program (PAC in Portuguese) and will be passed by Caixa Econômica Federal.

Of the expected total, R$ 139,9 million will be applied to the construction of permanent structures, R$ 29,7 million to temporary structures, and R$ 13,1 million to the dismantling of temporary structures, operations and maintenance of the Tennis Centre before, during and after the Games.

The tender protocol involves not only the construction, but also the operation of the venue until May 2017, eight months after the Paralympic Games. The proposal to ensure the operation of the arena was presented by the Sports Ministry, which has been working closely with the City Hall.

The use of the arena during and after the Games is also included in the tender protocol. The Tennis Centre will consist of eight permanent courts and eight temporary. The decision to build temporary structures is aimed at optimising the cost-benefit, since these tennis courts would be of limited use after the Games, but would require future spending for maintenance, which is a relevant part of the cost of a sport facility.

The Tennis Centre will have a permanent main court, with 10,000 seats, a temporary one, with 5,000 seats, and another one with 3,000 seats that will remain in place, but without the grandstands after the Games. There will also be 13 outdoor courts, seven of them with 250 seats each (six permanent). The other ones will serve for training and warming up purposes.

The complex will host the tennis competition during the Olympic Games and the wheelchair tennis and 5-a-side football competitions during the Paralympic Games. After 2016, the main court and seven others will be part of the OTC and will also be available to host international tennis matches.

Rio 2016 advises that there are three main criteria for the construction and maintenance of the Tennis Centre: economy, simplicity and practicality. These concepts – applied in all sports facilities of the Olympic Park – guided many decisions, such as the choice to rent equipment, instead of buying it.

One of the most important measures to reduce costs is to standardise the materials to be used in the Tennis Centre and three other facilities (Aquatic Centre, Handball Arena and Velodrome). Among them are technology items, such as scoreboards. The idea is rent everything that is not absolutely necessary to buy or that will become technologically outdated.

Some items that will be leased are foreseen in the tender, such as the temporary tennis court’s grandstands and elevators. The rest of the rental items are the so-called complementary facilities (e.g. scoreboards, screens, generators, air-conditioning, temporary toilets, furniture and computers), which will be provided by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.

The basic project of the Tennis Centre – as well as the Velodrome, Handball Arena and the Aquatic Centre – has been delivered. The executive project is nearing its conclusion and will be ready at the beginning of the construction works. These projects are being funded by the City.

The consortium 2016 – Especialistas em Eventos Esportivos, formed by GMP Design e Projetos do Brasil Ltda., SBP do Brasil Projetos Ltda., LUMENS Engenharia Ltda., and Sustentech Desenvolvimento Sustentável Ltda, won the tender for the development of the basic and executive projects for the Tennis Centre. The preliminary studies were done by AECOM, the company responsible for the Master Plan of the Olympic Park (picture courtesy AECOM, see article PanStadia & Arena Management Autumn issue).

TheTennis Centre, the Aquatic Centre, the Handball Arena and the Velodrome will be built through a cooperation agreement between the Federal Government and the Municipality. It is intended that the permanent arenas will be LEED certified.

The Federal Government will pay for these four Olympic venues, which are not included in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) of the Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park. The PPP enabled an important part of the project, which was previously the sole responsibility of the Federal Government in the Bid Book.

Get the latest on Soccerex content and Brazil’s venue industry Big Bang in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Rio 2016 launches procurement portal

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While the world of sport was focussing on the IOC vote for host city in 2020, the host city in 2016, Rio de Janeiro, was busy getting on with its preparations, including launching its procurement portal.

The Procurement Portal of the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will serve as the main channel of communication with supplier companies and has the potential to change the way of purchasing goods and services and become a legacy for national industry. The new tool will host the Games Demand for Goods and Services Plan, the Organising Committee’s purchase schedule until 2016, which will allow companies to plan ahead and also seek extra qualifications to meet the Olympic demands. Fernando Cotrim, Rio 2016 Procurement Director (pictured), said:

Building a temporary, solid and sustainable supply chain for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a great challenge. Therefore, we must have a suppliers database that is prepared to deliver excellent Game.s

Rio 2016 will have to purchase goods and services in large quantities – for instance, around one million sports equipment items and 12,000 computers will be bought. Ensuring transparency throughout the process, promoting the engagement of companies across the country and abroad and facilitating the exchange of documents are the most important features of the new tool.

Most of these tender processes – 75% to 80% of the total – will take place between 2014 and 2015. The budget of Rio 2016, according to figures from the application package, is approximately US$3 billion in purchases until the Games, divided into materials, services and equipment.

In the portal, companies will also find the Sustainable Supply Chain Guide, an essential document for potential Games suppliers. The manual describes the sustainable pillars that guide all the requirements of the Organising Committee’s Procurement Area as well as the certifications that Rio 2016 considers competitive differentials in its evaluation processes.

Aimed at companies of all sizes that are interested in becoming Rio 2016 suppliers, the Procurement Portal promotes competitiveness and transparency as it discloses in advance the categories and predicted amount of goods and services the organising committee needs to acquire until 2016. The initiative gives all companies the chance to reach a new level by participating in the Supplier Development Program, which includes projects such as ‘Sebrae on the Podium’, focused on the qualification of micro and small domestic companies, and seeks credit solutions for business expansion programmes promoted by Bradesco, Rio 2016 official sponsor. Cotrim added:

We must develop the Brazilian suppliers market in terms of the quality of products and services for great events and aim for a new level of sustainable practices.

From the launch, the tool will offer various functions, such as suppliers’ registry, the possibility of sending and receiving offers and access to all Rio 2016 supply chain’s documents, guidelines and requirement. In order to supply goods and services to Rio 2016, Brazilian companies must produce the necessary documents and certifications to operate legally, just like for any other tender process, while companies from other countries must present documents from their home countries that are equivalent to those required from Brazilian corporations.

Read more about Brazil’s venue industry Big Bang in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.