Rio 2016 revs its engines
A veteran’s words
Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie, two-time Olympic champion in the 10,000 metres and considered one of the best long-distance runners of all time, will be attending the Games as a commentator. He has already advised participants that they should arrive early to become acclimatised and get used to the humidity. He commented on the good air quality as a positive.
The Rio Games will have a new star sport in addition to football. The city, surrounded by urban beaches, has a great tradition of playing beach volleyball. Expectations are high, especially after Brazil’s victory in the last Beach Volleyball World Championships. On this occasion they also have the advantage of playing at home. The tournament will be held at a temporary stadium in Copacabana, which can hold 12,000 people.
The Olympic Games require enormous preparation. The city has to accommodate not only sportsmen and women from 206 countries, but also tourists and fans. The Organising Committee calculates that approximately 34,000 beds will be needed. Its “shopping list” includes 25,000 tennis balls, 60,000 hangers and eleven million meals. Some 45,000 volunteers will be at hand to carry out various jobs, such as participating in the opening ceremony, helping the emergency services and working as interpreters.