IOC officials visited Rio recently, and after expressing serious concerns about preparations earlier this year, this time found work to be progressing well.

Organisers have issued a progress report at www.rio2016.com

“Barra Olympic Park, which will be the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is continuing to take shape. As building work progresses, the first spectator stands and competition areas are already visible, providing glimpses of what it will be like when the world’s best athletes battle for medals there in less than two years’ time.

“Significant progress has been made and we are happy to see that work is proceeding as planned, and in some cases, is ahead of schedule,” said Alexandre Techima, Rio 2016’s Infrastructure Integration Director. “Venue construction has progressed a lot over the past few months and the structures of a number of arenas are already visible, such as the Carioca Arenas and the Olympic Tennis Centre, as well as the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), Main Press Centre (MPC) and hotel.”

The three adjacent Carioca Arenas have seen the most progress. Competition areas have already been concreted and the initial structures for the spectator stands are in place. During the Games, the three venues (previously known as Olympic Halls 1, 2 and 3) will host four Olympic sports - basketball, judo, fencing and taekwondo - and four Paralympic sports - wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, boccia and judo.”

Volunteers

Only one month remains for you to apply to be a Rio 2016 Games volunteer. Up to now, more than 100,000 people from 180 countries have registered their interest in being part of this team that will help stage the biggest sporting event on the planet. If you want to be part of this story you must sign up by 15 November, but don’t waste any time – sign up here.

“Since registration started, we have had very positive results,” said Rio 2016 volunteers manager Flávia Fontes. “Today we have a group that brings together people from all states of Brazil and from about 180 countries. This will be an excellent opportunity for them to meet and learn to appreciate different cultures, besides having the chance to participate in the biggest sporting event in the world.

“I hope that Brazilians make the most of the opportunity to participate. The first step of this journey is to sign up by November 15 and embark on this Olympic dream with us.”

In total, 70,000 people will be selected: 45,000 for the Olympic Games and 25,000 for the Paralympic Games. There are more than 500 roles to be filled, divided into nine main areas: customer services, sports, press and communications, operational support, ceremonies production, protocol and languages, health services, technology and transport.

All of the selected candidates will receive exclusive benefits that include specialised training, a uniform, transport and food during working days, an online English course and a participation certificate.