RIO 2016: HOCKEY FEDERATION IS VERY POSITIVE
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) finished a 3 day visit to Rio yesterday – which included the sports venue in Teodoro – on a very positive note. The delegation included Secretary General Kelly Fairweather, Director of Sport David Luckes and Executive Board Member Alberto Budeisky, seemed satisfied with the progress of the plans which they claim to have gone over in every detail.
“Overall the message we are giving is very positive. We have seen a sense of urgency and momentum building here which is quite comforting. I think they´ve demonstrated a lot of progress so that was really positive from our point of view. I went to sleep last night feeling very positive”, said Fairweather.
The delegation met with members of Rio 2016 Committee, the Empresa Olimpica Municipal (EOM) and the Federal Government and among the topics discussed were not only a detailed progress of the operational planning but also the competition venue itself, the test event, competition schedule, accommodation, training venue and ticketing.
“We had a key meeting around Deodoro; we received a detailed presentation on the cluster operations from the Head of Venue Management for Deodoro and I must say that was quite comforting because it gave us a really good idea of the flows and how the different client management services will operate during Games time.
“We then zoomed in on the hockey venue and spent a lot of time talking about the plans which we had reviewed in detail. We had many questions which we went through one by one and 95% of them were answered, so I think we´ve made some really good progress. The key now is obviously to get people on the ground, moving earth and starting construction as soon as possible.
The delegation also visited the Federal University (UFRJ) which will provide the Games training venue and inspected the accommodation for technical officials. Following the 2016 Games the Deodoro hockey venue will provide an important legacy facility to help develop the sport in Brazil.
Some good news at last, I know. But it seems as if all the alarm bells ringing around have awakened people. As Fairweather said “it´s now a question of putting bricks and mortar in place.”