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SBD/August 9, 2012/Olympics
Olympic Park, Horse Guards Parade Draw High Praise From Media
Published August 9, 2012
LIKE SAND THROUGH THE HOUR GLASS: In London, Jerome Taylor notes sand from the beach volleyball venue "will be used to build 36 new courts" in and around the greater London area over the coming months "as part of an attempt to build a lasting legacy that will propel Britain towards the next Olympics in Rio." British Olympic officials said that funding "is needed to make sure that the country's newfound love for the sport ... is capitalised on in the aftermath of the games." The new courts "are being built primarily within the London area under a deal agreed with LOCOG" (London INDEPENDENT, 8/9).
HER NAME IS RIO: In London, Paul Newman notes organizers for the '16 Rio de Janeiro Games "have brought 152 observers who are aiming to look and learn from London's example." There are also 51 government officials "studying issues like security." Nearly half the venues to be used in Rio "are existing facilities, while another quarter will be temporary structures." The remaining venues will be new. Construction work in the Olympic Park, "which does not include the main Joao Havelange and Maracana Stadiums, began last month, while builders will move into the last of the four main Olympic clusters at Deodoro next year." The official line on preparations for '16 is that "everything is in good order." However, others "are not so sure." A Brazilian journalist said, “Only the authorities say they are all set for 2016. The people know that we have much to do both in terms of our athletes’ preparations and building facilities" (London INDEPENDENT, 8/9).