Looking Beyond London to Rio 2016
With the spotlight on London for the time being, many fans are already looking to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games and the first appearance of the event in South America. In addition to the 2016 Olympics, Rio will also host the 2014 World Cup tournament, making the 2010’s an exciting decade for the largest country in South America.
Rio officials are reported to be taking advantage of infrastructure and sporting venues from the 2007 Pan American Games. While this may give them a leg-up when it comes to preparations, there is still much to do before Rio is ready to host these world events.
In total more than 230 projects will need to be completed before the 2016 Games, only 66 of which are completed or near completion. On top of that a poorly implemented hotel infrastructure will need to be revamped in order to accommodate the amount for visitors who will be in attendance for the Games.
Admittedly, the hotel situation is one of Rio’s biggest obstacles to overcome. Entire housing villages are planned to be erected and help from cruise ships will also help lighten the load after Rio undergoes a port upgrade and erection of a new pier.
Amnesty International and the United Nations have had a close eye on Rio as entire neighborhoods in poor areas of the city have been evicted to help construction for the games. Human rights violations have long been a thorn in the side of Brazilian authorities. In spite of allegations, Rio city officials attest all their actions are within the scope of Brazilian Law.
Rio Olympic planners will be in attendance at London 2012 to observe and utilize positive examples of how to better operate the Games when they come to Rio.