Rio Olympics: Committee cuts back substandard stadium projects

Rio Olympic Park

The Rio 2016 Olympics is less than 200 days away from the opening ceremonies, and yet the organizing committee has a lot of issues to deal with.

According to a report from The Associated Press, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has voided its contract for the construction of the Olympics tennis and equestrian centers due to its “noncompliance to contractual clauses.”

The contract for the tennis center was terminated Wednesday, while the agreement for the equestrian venue was ended a day later.

Rio de Janeiro officials cited the slow pace for the completion of the said venues as the main cause for the contracts to be rescinded by the city government. The tennis center, located inside the Olympic Park, is said to be “90 percent complete.” However, there was no word on the status of the equestrian center, but it is said to be almost complete.

Faced with its latest setback, city officials and Rio Olympics organizers are confident that they will finish the said projects in time for the opening of the games despite experiencing huge delays in beginning and completing the projects.

So far, the preparations have been plagued by budget concerns, especially with Brazil dealing with its deepest recession since the 1930s. In response, Rio de Janeiro had to downsize its workforce, cutting the number of volunteers from 70,000 to 50,000 workers, and reducing the venue capacities to cut costs.

Previously, Paes said that the city and the local organizing committee is continuously working to ensure that venues will be up and running well ahead of the games.

We want to show that we are capable of doing things on time, that Brazil is not a country where everything ends up over budget, everything ends up late,” Paes said. “We are literally making a miracle happen here.”

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