flows untreated into the bay. While Brazil’s 2009
Olympic bid promised that the city’s waterways
would set “a new standard of water quality preservation for the next generations,”
officials have acknowledged that the
best possible outcome by the games is a
50-percent reduction in pollution entering the bay.
Less visible are the nearly 400 IT projects underway to support the games.
These projects comprise nearly 20 percent
of the Rio organizing committee’s BRL7
billion budget. The games’ IT needs are
staggering: The technology infrastructure
includes hundreds of servers and thousands of computers to collect, process and
provide information and real-time data to
21,500 members of the media, 45,000 volunteers
and 10,500 athletes, as well as deliver competition
results to viewers around the world.
more optimism,” he told the Associated Press.
Despite all the delays, Brazilian officials insist the
city will be ready, as construction crews work
around the clock to overcome schedule setbacks.
Rio hosted just seven World Cup matches this
year but will host an entire Olympic Games. The
vast undertaking includes hundreds of projects
that range from constructing sporting venues and
housing for athletes to creating ticketing sites and
event security. The total estimated budget from
public and private funds, including subway, airport
and road projects, is BRL37 billion. The budget
has been revised upward multiple times, and many
projects remain behind schedule.
One of the biggest concerns is the cleanup of
Guanabara Bay, where all sailing and windsurf-ing events are slated to take place. Nearly 70
percent of the sewage in the metropolitan area
Facilities are under construction for
the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, the first South American city
to host the games.
The total estimated
budget from public
and private funds,
airport and road