What the Rio Olympics venues look like less than a year before the games

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Less than a year away from Rio’s gig hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics, the city is still racing to get everything ready.

Based on what I saw during a recent trip, Brazil’s most famous beach-loving city will almost certainly have its infrastructure finished in time for the games. It just might continue construction until the very last minute.

Below, a look at Rio’s Olympics infrastructure as it stands today, taken from my own photos along with images provided by the Rio Media Center.

Arenas Cariocas, a set of three arenas in the Olympic Park, will host events like basketball, wrestling, and fencing.

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The arenas are all at least 92% complete, according to the Rio Media Center.

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The Arena do Futuro will host handball games.

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Arena do Futuro

It's 87% complete.

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Arena do Futuro

Marina da Glória will host sailing events. An AP investigation into Guanabara Bay, where the marina is located, found unsafe levels of viruses and bacteria.

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Brazilian officials say that the water will be clean enough in time for the games.

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Maracan√£ Stadium is a world-famous soccer venue. It will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as soccer matches.

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Rio is building a number of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations and lines, which will quickly transport spectators from place to place.

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I saw a number of these stations during my stay in Rio. Many are still far from finished.

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The Olympics media center is almost done.

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So are the buildings that will house athletes. When the Olympics are over, these will be converted to condos.

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The Aquatic Stadium is 89% done.

Rio Media Center

But the Tennis Center still has a ways to go.

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Centro de Tenis

It's almost 75% complete.

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Rio built a velodrome for the 2007 Pan-American Games, but would it have needed extensive repairs to be ready for the Olympics. So the city tore it down and is building a new one, pictured here.

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Velodromo

The new Velodrome is just 65% complete. It will host track cycling next summer.

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Velodromo

While these structures are all likely to be finished, Olympics organisers recently announced budget cutbacks of up to 30%. How that affects future planned buildings remains to be seen.

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