Events to Mark Two Years Until Rio's 2016 Olympic Games

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
With just two years to go until the start of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the organisers vowed on Tuesday that all the construction projects were under control and would be ready on time.

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With just two years to go until the start of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the organisers vowed on Tuesday that all the construction projects were under control and would be ready on time.

On Tuesday, over 2,000 men were working at the Olympic Park, the venue that will be the heart of the games.

When finished, it will host 14 sporting events including basketball, judo, tennis, cycling, swimming and gymnastics.

Project director for the Rio Games Roberto Aibinder said that everything was going according to schedule.

Aibinder said the Olympic Park would be delivered in sections, the first being ready in the second semester of 2015.

During a press conference on Monday, Luis Fernandes, Brazil Deputy Sports Minister, stressed that the projects would be delivered on time.

"The message we can deliver is of the absolute trust that the Games will be delivered with the quality that is needed for their success. What we can ask is for some trust."

And officials say the projects, including the expansion of the now-limited subway system, will have a positive impact on Rio.

However officials continue facing strong criticism for not cleaning up Guanabara Bay.

Athletes and residents say the Bay, which will host the sailing competitions, smells like sewage and a large amount of debris is polluting the water.


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