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Barra Olympic Park will be the main Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition centre – as well as their largest sporting legacy. With an area of 1.18 million square metres, the Olympic Park will include nine sports venues. Two were built for the Rio 2007 Pan American Games: Rio Olympic Arena and Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre.
The other seven are: the Olympic Tennis Centre, Olympic Aquatics Stadium and Rio Olympic Velodrome, plus Olympic Hall 1 (which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby), Olympic Hall 2 (Olympic and Paralympic judo, plus wrestling and boccia), Olympic Hall 3 (taekwondo, fencing and sitting volleyball) and Olympic Hall 4 (handball and goalball). Work on Olympic Halls 1, 2 and 3, plus the Tennis Centre, has already started, with construction of the remaining venues scheduled to start next year.
Once the competitions are over, the Olympic Park will house one of the Games’ most significant legacies for Brazilian sport: the country’s first Olympic Training Centre (OTC) and South America’s most modern, dedicated to high performance athletes, which will also include a research lab in the areas of nutrition, physiotherapy, as well as sports and clinical medicine.
Get a glimpse of how Barra Olympic Park will look!