Olympic velodrome delivered, but with details to patch up
The velodrome of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is delivered to the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) on June 26.
(Soundbite) CARLOS NUZMAN, COB PRESIDENT
“This is the time of a tribute that we should have for the many people who have sacrificed in their jobs, such as servers, builders and workers. They are the symbol of what happened here.”
The organizers admit that the biking tracks are complete, but spot out some shortcomings in the paving, decoration, electrical system and temporary structures.
(Soundbite) GUSTAVO NASCIMENTO, COB Official
“What is missing here is the temporary part that will serve the Olympic events: for example, stands for commentators and press. This remains to be done. The important thing is that the major part of the construction is finished and athletes can be trained.”
The federal and city governments sponsored the velodrome construction, with change of contractors and other problems delaying its completion for months.