The Rio Organizing Committee is working hard to ensure everything is up and running with less than six months to go to this year’s Olympic Games, which will take place August 5-21. However, there are still issues that need to be addressed.
Concerns are still being voiced about the Rika virus but word has it that Rio is taking every precaution to ensure the virus is contained as well as educating everyone on safety measures to put in place. National Olympic Committees are also making extra efforts to outline preparatory measures.
Other concerns being heard are about the water pollution problems that Rio is facing on Guanabara Bay.
For the equestrian communities, there is still some worry that the venues may not be finished in time. After the previous vendor was fired, a new (soon to be named) vendor has been hired and Rio has assured equestrians around the world that the venues will be ready. Of most concern are the veterinary clinic and stables for the horses in addition to the plan for maintenance of the cross-country course.
Part of the problem is that Rio has suffered the biggest economic crisis and worse recession in more than 20 years as a result of both inflation and the decline in the value of Brazilian currency. This has made things even more difficult for them to finalize all aspects of the Games. Plus there has been an unexpected increase of $98.6 million to finalize all aspects of the Games.
Most of the increase is due to the supply of temporary power needed and seating at the various venues. In total the Games is expected to cost $9.6 billion.
One positive is that despite all of the concerns, Brazil has shown the biggest increase as a 2016 destination for both Americans and Europeans.
To help focus on managing any of the above concerns and others, the IOC recently made an unprecedented move to organize a meeting of all 28 summer International Federations in order for them to focus on any concerns. Topics included how to be more efficient by looking at ways to share space and also about how to reduce the costs of transport.
As for merchandise, so everyone can bring home souvenirs, Rebel Events Brasil, Ltd., will be handling all the distribution and organizing of merchandise. They were also responsible for handling this at the London Olympic Games.
Rio has made it clear that their goal is to put on a successful Olympic Games and will make every effort to ensure this happens. For more information go to the website.