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An important step in the preparation of the second largest cluster of venues for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games was taken today (April 17) when the Rio de Janeiro city government launched the tender process for the Deodoro Olympic Park venues. Two invitations to tender were released for the construction and renovation of the nine venues that will host 11 Olympic and four Paralympic sports disciplines, with work scheduled to start in the second half of this year.
Three existing venues – the National Shooting Centre, the National Equestrian Centre and the Modern Pentathlon Aquatic Centre – will be renovated, four new venues will leave an important sporting legacy for the city, and two temporary structures will also be created.
The Olympic BMX Centre and the Olympic Whitewater Stadium, both new permanent venues, will form the X-Park, along with the Olympic Mountain Bike Park, a temporary installation. The Olympic Hockey Centre and Deodoro Arena, which will host the fencing part of modern pentathlon, some basketball matches and wheelchair fencing, are the other two new venues, while the Rugby and Modern Pentathlon Arena, which will also host seven-a-side Paralympic football, is the other temporary venue.
The Deodoro cluster is divided into a north and south region. R$647.1 million will be invested in the northern part, while the southern region works are budgeted at R$157.1 million, with the funding coming from the Ministry of Sport.
The venues will be completed according to their own construction schedules, with all work scheduled to finish by the first half of 2016.
In March this year, the city government launched the tender process for road and pavement improvements in and around the Deodoro Olympic Park. The works include improvements to accessibility, lighting and signage, along with the creation of cycle paths and tree-planting.
The Rio 2016 Games will take place in four venue zones: Barra, which will be home to the main Olympic Park, Deodoro, Copacabana and Maracanã.
See the image gallery below of Deodoro Olympic Park venues: