Rio 2016 Olympic Waterpolo Venue Scrapped: $20m Revamp “Just Too Costly” Says Official

The Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro is taking shape but there's work to be done to make the show what it should be [artist's impression, Aecom Architects, courtesy of Rio2016]

Water polo is one of the sports affected by construction delays and funding shortfalls at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games site in Brazil: the venue for first-phase matches of the tournament has been scrapped, officials have confirmed

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Water polo is one of the sports affected by construction delays and funding shortfalls at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games site in Brazil: the venue for first-phase matches of the tournament has been scrapped, officials have confirmed

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easyspeed

Wow. Just wow.

aswimfan

I don’t blame Brazil. I am blaming IOC.

Bad Anon

like the design for the swimming venue though, looks very similar to the water cube, just hope rio will be ready to host a great games come Aug 2016

aswimfan

Imo, water cube is the best-designed olympics pool. So modern, so beautiful and yet so pragmatic.

aswimfan

Even the name “water-cube” is futuristic and yet elegant and elemental.

Bad Anon

The water cube is by far the best EVER Olympics venue to date, Kazan design looks really fantastic too; Athens was a great outdoor event so was rome, 2009 in the Foro Italico. Personally, I prefer indoor swimming so happy with the Rio design, it will look very much like the water cube and hopefully produce as many records as in ’08

Craig Lord

Perth 1991 and 1998 – great atmosphere, knowledgeable crowds, organisers and a ‘can do’ attitude of a working environment. Water Cube was fine but not the best in my experience live – and Rome was always a great venue, long before 2009, which was ruined by farce a great pity because the set-up was really well done. Budapest on Margaret Island was always a lovely place to be; and I really enjoyed Melbourne, too – 2006 and 2007, different venues, both worked really well.

beachmouse

IIRC, Kazan’s aquatics complex got good reviews when it was used for World University Games a few years back.

How many people ever did jail time for organized crime-related overpayment for the building and reno work for Worlds 2009? Seem to have it on my list of World Aquatics Championships scandals for mafia involvement.

pol

After what happened to Athens, I wonder what consequences Brazil will be facing in the next few years after Rio.

aswimfan

Fortunately for Brazil, its economy is much bigger than Greece, so it may be able to absorb the financial loss from the Olympics.

Unfortunately for them, they don’t have the EU to bail them out as Sugar Daddy if something happens.

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