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Another Rio 2016 competition venue has begun to shape. This month work started at the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca on the Rio Olympic Velodrome, which will host track cycling events at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in two years' time. The first phase of work includes preparing the construction site and laying the foundations. The venue is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2015.
The start of work means the velodrome follows into construction the Olympic Halls and the Olympic Tennis Centre, which are also in the Olympic Park, and the Olympic Golf Course, which is nearby, still within the Barra zone.
The velodrome will become a crucial part of the main sporting legacy of the Rio 2016 Games - Brazil's first Olympic Training Centre. Together with the three Olympic Halls, tennis centre and Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, the velodrome will form the most modern base for the training and accommodation of high-performance athletes in South America, as well as enabling Rio to host top-level sports events for many years to come.
With 5,000 permanent seats and 800 temporary seats, the velodrome has been designed with accessibility in mind, to be welcoming for people with a disability. The project will obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which promotes sustainability in construction.
This year, work will start on two more Rio 2016 competition venues: the Olympic Aquatics Stadium and Olympic Hall 4, the latter of which will host handball during the Olympic Games and goalball in the Paralympic Games, and then be dismantled and its parts used in the construction of four public schools.
There will also be important advances in infrastructure works this year, with the inauguration of the Transcarioca Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, a 39km corridor that will link Barra with Rio International Airport, and the start of work on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) network that will connect Rio's main bus station with the domestic airport, revitalised port area and the historic city centre.