Rogge praises Rio 2016

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IOC president Jacques Rogge has praised the Rio 2016 Olympic Games organisers for their speedy preparations for the event.

I am glad for I see the preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is going extremely well, said Rogge, while laying the cornerstone of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Village, on the morning of 29 December 2010, highlighting that the Village is the heart of the Olympic experience, a sacred place. The construction ceremony also had the presence of a number of authorities as state governor SÉrgio Cabral, and his vice–governor Fernando Pezáo; mayor Eduardo Paes; senator Regis Fichtner; IOC senior member Joáo Havelange; IOC coordination commission president Nawal El Moutawakel; businessman Carlos Fernando Carvalho, from Carvalho Hosken construction company; and Rio 2016 president Carlos Arthur Nuzman. Several Olympic athletes were also present, including beach volleyball Olympic medalist Sandra Pires. Located in the Western Zone of the city, next to Riocentro, which isone of the Games' competing venues, the Village will provide theathletes the chance of experiencing the carioca lifestyle. During theevent, 46% of the athletes will be staying 10 minutes from thecompetition and training venues and 73% only 25 minutes away. Seventy–five hectares are being used for the accommodation area, with 48 twelve–storey buildings and 2, 800 more apartments to house the 17, 700 athletes. The apartments, of three and four bedrooms, will house eight athletes each. The parking lots will have the capacity for 1, 000 cars. At the entrance of the complex, the Olympic Plaza will exhibit thetraditional 205 participating country flags and will providecommercial centers and other services. The Carioca Street, about 700meters long, will reproduce the sidewalks and kiosks of the Riobeaches, world famous, and will also have cafÉs, restaurants, juiceand ice–cream stores. The project also includes a training center, a park and, nearby, theOlympic Village Beach. The Village will also have a pool, movie theater, spa, gym andbusiness center, among other options of leisure such as the Barra daTijuca condos, a neighborhood famous for offering housing complexes of excellent infrastructure. Reproducing a common practice in former Olympic and Paralympic Games Villages, the apartments will be sold after the event.

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