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Tuesday29 July 2014

Rio to copy London Olympics' temporary approach

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Mayor of Rio keen to to avoid white elephants

The Rio Olympics will follow London’s example and use as many temporary venues as possible, the city’s mayor has said.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Eduardo Paes said Britain had staged the best games ever.

Rio planned to learn as much as possible from London, especially in terms of public transport and minimising the risk of expensive redundant buildings, he added.

“What I like about London is that there are no white elephants,” he said. “It’s good to see that London didn’t waste money building these crazy things you sometimes see around the place.

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“Rio is going to follow London on venues. We will have as much as possible that is temporary.

“We will keep it as simple as we can and not spend too much money on things that have to be ripped down at the end of the Games.”

He also revealed that Rio had not ruled out buying Wilkinson Eyre’s £43 million Basketball Arena.

A Swindon sports centre operator made a bid for the venue after Rio appeared to reject the owner’s offer as too expensive, as BD previously reported.

Paes said: “We are still discussing it. It’s not a done deal.”

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  • Stewie

    "...waste money building these crazy things you sometimes see around the place"

    You mean like that ugly tower in front of the stadium that is going to be ripped down probably then followed by the stadium shortly followed by the aquatics centre. Just a load of talk to make it more pallatable to population, same waste happens as always.

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  • "It’s good to see that London didn’t waste money building these crazy things you sometimes see around the place"
    - Because they've already wasted the money; shall we list them?!

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  • copilympics might work

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  • Seymour Alexander

    Yeah like we don't waste a wee bit more money on two new and unnecessary aircraft carriers, ditto on the new trident submarines, new nuclear power stations, millions of pounds in Palestine for the pleasure of seeing our Israeli 'allies' destroy it all ... thank God for some constructive and enjoyable use of money on sport, our youngsters, parties, music ... well done London 2012.

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  • Well said Seymour

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  • kamiichi

    with most of the venues being temporoay, why did it cost £13bn? (btw the village was sold off for £557m to Quatari's}

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