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View of Olympic Park unveiled 170 days to Rio 2016

View of Olympic Park unveiled 170 days to Rio 2016

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro’s City Hall has published a video to show off the 2016 Olympic Park.

The view was captured some 170 days before the opening ceremony goes live.

A drone flew over the city, capturing the various venues which will be used for the games.

The local organising committee said the Park had reached the 97 percent completion mark at the end of January.

Three venues are already completed; Carioca Arena 1, the Arena of the Future and the IBC (International Broadcast Centre).

Planning for the Games seems to be going well but Brazil is at the centre of a Zika outbreak that has spread to more than 30 countries according to the World Health Organisation.

Researchers there are working to determine whether Zika has caused a big rise in cases of microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.

Several athletes and visitors planning to come to the Olympics have expressed concern.

There are currently no vaccines or treatment for Zika, though research institutes and pharmaceutical companies are working on several possibilities.

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