Rio will be ready and will put on an "enjoyable and passionate Games", an international event expert tells talkRADIO

'The will and the passion of the people' will ensure the Olympic stadium is ready, says creative director

Construction delays have dogged the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fears over the readiness of venues for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will prove to be groundless and Brazil will put on an "enjoyable and passionate Games", the creative director of an international event management company has told talkRADIO. 

There was controversy last week when athletes from Australia refused to move into rooms at the unfinished Olympic Village – claiming the facilities were unhygenic and dangerous – and organisers have admitted that the Lagoa Stadium, venue for the rowing and canoeing competitions, may not be ready in time for Friday's opening ceremony of the Games. 

Construction problems have beset the Games almost from the start, but Richard Dodgson, from event management specialists Timebased, who created hospitality suites for the USA and Jamaica teams at the London 2012 Games, told Jonny and Ash that Rio's problems followed a familiar pattern. 

"Often, with the will and the passion of the people involved in delivering these things, a lot gets done in the last few days," he said. 

"They will deliver a very enjoyable and passionate Games.

"A lot of the stuff that happens now is not what the Games are about. When they get going everyone focuses on the real entertainment and the show of it all."

Listen to the full interview to find out more about how Brazil is preparing for the upcoming Olympic Games, which open on Friday evening