Rio 2016 Bid Venues Get Inspected By IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission began a two-day inspection Friday of the facilities for Rio 2016.

The inspection team was greeted by Rio citizens waving banners of support for the bid as it made its way to the Fort Copacabana area. Members of the team waved back from their vehicles as they passed by, reports the Associated Press.

The Brazilian air force put on an acrobatic show as the commission arrived in the fort area.

The evaluation commission also saw Barra da Tijuca area, which is considered the heart of the city’s bid. The suburb would host the athletes’ and media villages and contain the biggest cluster of venues for the Games.

The commission also visited the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, a venue built for the 2007 Pan American Games. The tour also included the Joao Havelange Stadium, which was built for the Pan Am Games and is proposed as the venue for track and field.

IOC officials also saw Rio’s transportation infrastructure, which included a stop at one of the subway stations – the Marina da Gloria, near the sailing venue.

Thursday the group was entertained at a dinner hosted by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The Associated Press reports Silva has said that three-quarters of the required improvements for Rio to host the Games will have been completed by 2014 as a result of the country’s preparations for the World Cup that year.

The IOC commission ends its visit Saturday and then goes on to Madrid , the last stop on the tour of the four candidate cities.