Olympic Pool Set to Open July 25th

The Olympic Park Aquatic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will open on July 25th, following its final FINA inspection.

After hosting the Maria Lenk Trophy in April, which served as Brazil’s second Olympic qualifying meet, the Aquatic Stadium was closed for renovations that were found necessary during the competition.  Maria Lenk, which served as a test event for the facility, was closed to the public, allowing only athletes, coaches, officials, and athletes’ families to attend.

Air quality and the lack of a forced-air ventilation system was the most common complaint during the competition.  The Aquatics Stadium was built with no air conditioning system, relying instead on “natural ventilation” to circulate fresh air throughout the pool and stands.  Rodrigo Garcia, Rio 2016 sports director, told Globosport that a forced air ventilation system would not be necessary as temperatures outside will be much different in August than they were in April, but both FINA and the Brazilian Swimming Federation have requested that fans be installed inside the natatorium.

Inside of Olympic Aquatics Stadium

Inside of Olympic Aquatics Stadium Courtesy of Rio 2016

Ricardo Prado, general supervisor of all water sports during the Games, was present during the FINA inspection, though neither party has commented yet whether the requested ventilation updates were made.  The Olympic Games will be the first event hosted at the Olympic Park Aquatic Stadium that is open to the public.

In addition to the renovations in the natatorium, the outdoor warm-up pool has been covered by a tent to keep out mosquitos, which were cited as a problem during the Maria Lenk Trophy.  Before the Games begin in August the warm-up pool will also feature an air conditioning system.

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Joel Lin
4 years ago

Is there still enough time to do a GoFundMe page for this?

4 years ago

No ventilation? Its gonna be a disaster, like everything else in South America.


I was thinking the same thing!!! Can’t believe there is no air conditioning??

Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

It may need some sort of fan system to force air ventilation, but it certainly doesn’t need air conditioning.

Lp Man
4 years ago

To be fair, the pool for the ’96 games was similar to the Rio pool with its outdoor set-up. I think Atlanta in July is also hotter than Rio is in August. I think people are just trying to find more things to complain about

Lane Four
Reply to  Lp Man
4 years ago

I disagree. Although I see your point about finding things to complain about, this is the Olympic Games. Little things like a lack of ventilation or protection from the elements (or little beasties) should not be an issue nor treated lightly. The best athletes in the world spent their lifetimes for this one chance. They deserve the best facilities to compete in. I am sorry to say that the pool in Rio isn’t quite at that standard. Rio dropped the ball on this one.

Lp Man
Reply to  Lane Four
4 years ago

Fair enough. I still think it is a great facility and don’t see ventilation being an issue. I could understand concerns about the warm down pool and it sounds like that has been remedied with the tent and air conditioning.

Lane Four
Reply to  Lp Man
4 years ago

Now it is all about doing the best with what you have been given. If the athletes have any complaints, they will probably keep it to themselves as they have one reason for being there and that is to do their best and/or to win.

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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