En el décimo Avance Deportivo in English, incluido en el programa de radio Avance Deportivo, os hablamos sobre las diferentes sedes de Río 2016.
Hello I’m Joshua, I’m an English teacher at NEP English school and this is avance deportivio in English. Today I’m going to talk about the different venues at Rio 2016.
The Rio 2016 competition venues will be spread across four zones The Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracana.
The Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, often simply called Barra, will be the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Located in the west of the city, it is surrounded by lagoons and mountains, and boasts one of the best beaches in Rio. Barra will benefit significantly from the Games with the construction of new sports competition and training venues, improvements in transport infrastructure such as the extension of the city metro service to the neighbourhood and new residential, shopping and entertainment areas.
Arguably Rio de Janeiro’s most famous neighbourhood, Copacabana is defined by its 4km-long crescent-shaped beach. It is here that the Beach Volleyball Arena will be located, as the sport returns to its spiritual home. Meanwhile, the open water swimming, triathlon and para-triathlon events will be held in the waters and land around Fort Copabana at the southern end of the beach, while the road cycling time trials will also be staged alongside this iconic waterfront.
A little further inland, the stunning Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by mountains and gazed down upon by Christ the Redeemer, will be the site of Lagoa Stadium. This venue will stage the rowing, canoe sprint and paracanoe events. In the northern part of the Copacabana Zone there are two more venues that sit alongside Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. Flamengo Park will host the race walk, road cycling and Paralympic marathon, while Maria da Glória will be the base for the sailing competitions.
Deodoro Olympic Park will be the second largest concentration of competition venues during the Rio 2016 Games, promising a vibrant mix of traditional and newer sports. Located in the west of Rio, the neighbourhood of Deodoro played a prominent role in the 2007 Pan-American Games, when a number of new venues were built there. This resulted in increased participation of young people in several sports and the aim is to build on this achievement through the Rio 2016 Games. A sporting legacy will be left in the shape of the X-Park, which will include the Whitewater Stadium and Olympic BMX Centre, along with a 500,000m2 public leisure area, the second biggest in Rio.
The Maracanã Zone is in the northern part of of Rio, close to the city centre. It includes two of Rio’s most famous landmarks: the Maracanã stadium, which will stage the opening and closing ceremonies and football matches, and Sambódromo, the home of the carnival parade that will host the Olympic marathon and Olympic and Paralympic archery events.
The J. Havelange Olympic Stadium, built for the 2007 Pan-American Games and known locally as the ‘Engenhão’ (after the Engenho de Dentro neighborhood in which it is located) will stage the athletics track and field events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The zone’s five venues will stage five Olympic sports and two Paralympic sports in 2016.
Now I’m going to explain some vocabulary
– Boast: To boast is to talk about yourself or something related to yourself with pride.
– Gaze: To gaze means to look at someone or something for a long time.
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