Brazil will "try once more to rid itself of part of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Park," after the city's government failed to find a buyer last year, two people directly involved in the negotiations said, according to Simone Preissler Iglesias of BLOOMBERG. Multi-sport arenas 1, 2 and 3, the velodrome, the tennis center and the car park will be included in the government's Investment Partnership Program, the sources said. The government "hopes to finish the sale by the end of next year." So far this year, the maintenance of the Olympic Park has cost the government R$45N ($14.3M). In an effort to find an operator for the park, the ministry of sport will work with state development bank BNDES "to determine how the concession will be run" (BLOOMBERG, 8/22).
Construction work on the World Cup stadium in Samara, Russia, is "about 30 days behind schedule," general contractor PSO Kazan said on Wednesday, according to Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber of REUTERS. The company added that it would "make up the lost time," Work on the new 45,000-seat stadium, one of 12 that will host World Cup matches next summer, has been "plagued by delays over the past months." PSO Kazan Deputy Head Sergei Ponomaryov said that all "major construction work at the venue would be finished by the end of the year." On Wednesday, cranes "dominated the skyline above the venue and towering metal structures were supporting its roof." The pitch has also not been laid, "unlike at some other venues being built for the tournament." Samara Governor Nikolai Merkushkin "blamed the delay on unfavourable weather, including heavy rain" in the spring (REUTERS, 8/23).