You think your project has problems? Be glad you’re not putting in Rio’s velodrome. It’s four months until go-time and they’ve had to cancel the track cycling test event – twice.
According to an article in Inside The Games, delays in installing the track at the Velodrome, located at the Barra de Tijuca Olympic Park, are to blame.
The test event, which had originally been planned to run in mid-March, was moved to April 29-May 1 after organizers expressed concerns that the facility would not be ready. By late March, it became obvious that even that expectation was unrealistic, and the event was cancelled.
As a replacement for the cancelled Aquece Rio International Track Cycling Challenge, a two-day training period on June 26 and 27 has been arranged in order to give the venue a test run. Organizers know the track has to be completely ready at that time, since the Games start barely a month later.
Carlos Nuzman, Rio 2016 President, insists the 2016 venues are “90 to 95 per cent” complete – although he does admit the Velodrome “needs a little more work.”
According to the Washington Post, Rio’s problems continue to pile up. Reports have surfaced that Sports Minister George Hilton has resigned.