Rio de Janeiro Calls for Bids for Construction of Last 11 2016 Olympic Venues Including Equestrian Center

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The proposed Rio de Janeiro Olympic equestrian center.
The proposed Rio de Janeiro Olympic equestrian center.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, April 17, 2014–Bids for construction of the last 2016 Olympic Games complex of facilities to stage 11 sports–including the equestrian center–were called for by Brazilian authorities Thursday who reported costs have escalated 30 per cent since being awarded the event in 2009.

A week after the International Olympic Committee met to discuss serious concerns by federations that organize the sports included in the Games, 2,300 workers constructing the Olympic Park agreed to return to work after a two-week strike to support claims for higher pay and benefits.

Preparations for the first Olympics in South America were going on at the same time as Brazil races to finish soccer stadiums in time for the soccer World Cup starting in eight weeks.

The City of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday issued plans seeking bids for construction and renovation of facilities at the Deodoro Sports Complex that will host 11 Olympic disciplines, inclduing the center for dressage, eventing and jumping.

The complex is divided into two segments, North and South, and was originally built for the 2007 Pan American Games.

The National Equestrian Center that will host the three Olympic disciplines as well as a new veterinary clinic will be in the South region.

Work on the facilities is scheduled to begin in the second half of this year and 2014 and completed in the first half of 2016.

Authorities also released a budget of $10.76 billion for infrastructure for the Olympics. The budget covers several urban development and public transport, including a new fourth metro rail line.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said costs for the Olympics have risen 30 percent since Rio won hosting rights for the event in 2009.

Some projects were axed following a public outcry over the high cost of stadiums and other expenses required for the Olympics and World Cup.

“We have no room to spare with Deodoro. We cannot make a single mistake here. But there is still time to get it done,” the mayor said at the budget announcement.