Fears were raised this week about the completion of the velodrome in time for the Rio Olympics when the city government cancelled its contract with Tecnosolo, the company constructing it.
The velodrome is the most delayed of Rio’s Olympic venues. An indoor cycling test event scheduled for April had already been cancelled because it wasn’t ready. The delays are apparently due logistical issues in laying the track which is made of Siberian wood. According to the city government it is 88% finished and will be completed by another Brazilian company, Engetecnica, that has been working as a subcontractor since February.
The build up to the Rio Olympics has been beset by delays to construction projects, political instability with the Brazilian President currently suspended pending a Senate impeachment trial, and continuing fears over the Zika virus.