Rio mayor says first Olympics venues ready next summer


RIO DE JANEIRO: The first venues for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be completed by August or September next year, the city’s mayor Eduardo Paes promised on Friday (Saturday in Manila) during a site visit. Construction of the stands at the tennis venue is almost finished and the roof of Carioca Arena 3, which will host taekwondo, fencing and paralympic judo, is being installed. Meanwhile, 70 percent of the underground infrastructure — fiber optic network, lighting, drainage, sanitation — is in place.


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