Brazil’s first Olympic Training Centre - a dream that is becoming reality

Construction of the Olympic Park’s three sports halls has begun. Venues will be part of Rio 2016's main sporting legacy

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Olympic Halls 1, 2 and 3 will become a crucial part of the country’s first Olympic Training Centre (Photo: EOM)

This week Rio 2016's main sporting legacy has started to take shape. The construction of the Olympic Park’s three sports halls is underway. The new venues, along with the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, the Rio Olympic Velodrome and the Olympic Tennis Centre, will become Brazil’s first - as well as South America’s most modern - Olympic Training Centre (OTC), aimed at high-performance athletes.

Olympic Halls 1, 2 and 3 will host five Olympic and five Paralympic sports at Games time. After 2016, the OTC will provide 40,000m2 for the accommodation and training of high-performance athletes as well as research facilities for nutrition, physiotherapy, and sports and clinical medicine.

Agberto Guimarães, a former athlete and Rio 2016's Executive Director of Sport and Paralympic Integration, described the start of construction of the OTC is a milestone for the development of sports in Brazil. Besides offering the necessary infrastructure for the training and development of top athletes, the sports complex will allow Rio de Janeiro to continue hosting important international sports events for many years to come.

The OTC will offer more than 40,000m2 for the training high-performance athletes. Construction started on 1 July (Photo: EOM/ Renato Câmara)

The project has been designed with sustainability in mind: the Rio city government aims to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the construction of the halls, as is the case for all new permanent sport venues.

Started within the deadline set in the Olympic Park’s work schedule, the first stage includes ground drilling and the application of concrete on foundation structures to support the venues. The mounting of the arenas’ structures will start in the second half of the year.

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