- Maria Lenk Aquatic Center
The Maria Lenk Aquatic Park (Portuguese: Parque Aquático Maria Lenk) is an aquatics centre that is part of the City of Sports Complex, in Barra da Tijuca, part of the investments of the city Rio de Janeiro to host the swimming, synchronized swimming and diving competitions of the 2007 Pan American Games. The name of the water park is a tribute to the Brazilian swimmer Maria Lenk, who died less than three months before its inauguration.
The water park, designed in accordance with established parameters and specifications of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), partially covered and is composed of an Olympic swimming pool, an indoor heating and a tank for diving.
The complex has the capacity to receive about 8,000 people. The construction area is 42,000 square meters. The facility has also been designed according to the specifications required to achieve the Para Pan American Games of 2007, as well as environments and equipment ready to receive people with special needs.
It became, as of March 2008, to be administered by the Brazilian Olympic Committee, which has been involved in training for Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches and officials, as well as courses, conferences, workshops, gym and small schools of swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming. Until now, the year 2009, the BOC did not do any sports activity on the site.
The lack of sports activities on site has been reinforcing the theory that the complex was a white elephant funded by taxes from the state government of Rio de Janeiro. However, the park, as well as other facilities built for the achievement of the Pan American Games, is one of the major assets of the city's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. During the Olympics it will host the water polo and diving competitions.
- Rio2016.org.br Bid package. Volume 2. p. 18.
Venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics Barra ClusterBarra Velodrome · Maria Lenk Aquatic Center · Olympic Aquatics Stadium · Olympic Tennis Center · Olympic Training Center - Arena 1 · Olympic Training Center - Arena 2 · Olympic Training Center - Arena 3 · Olympic Training Center - Arena 4 · Rio Olympic Arena · Rio Olympic Velodrome · Riocentro - Pavilion 2 · Riocentro - Pavilion 3 · Riocentro - Pavilion 4 · Riocentro - Pavilion 6 Copacabana Cluster Deodoro Cluster Maracanã Cluster Football stadia1904: Forest Park • 1908: White City Stadium • 1912: Djurgårdsbrunnsviken • 1920: Stade Nautique d'Antwerp • 1924: Piscine des Tourelles • 1928: Olympic Sports Park Swim Stadium • 1932: Swimming Stadium • 1936: Olympic Swimming Stadium • 1948: Empire Pool • 1952: Swimming Stadium • 1956: Swimming/Diving Stadium • 1960: Stadio Olimpico del Nuoto • 1964: National Gymnasium • 1968: Francisco Márquez Olympic Pool • 1972: Schwimmhalle • 1976: Olympic Pool • 1980: Swimming Pool - Olimpisky • 1984: Olympic Swim Stadium • 1988: Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool • 1992: Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc • 1996: Georgia Tech Aquatic Center • 2000: Sydney International Aquatic Centre • 2004: Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre • 2008: Beijing National Aquatic Center • 2012: Aquatics Centre • 2016: Maria Lenk Aquatic Center1900: Seine • 1904: Forest Park • 1908: White City Stadium • 1912: Djurgårdsbrunnsviken • 1920: Stade Nautique d'Antwerp • 1924: Piscine des Tourelles • 1928: Olympic Sports Park Swim Stadium • 1932: Swimming Stadium • 1936: Olympic Swimming Stadium • 1948: Empire Pool (final), Finchley Lido • 1952: Swimming Stadium • 1956: Swimming/Diving Stadium • 1960: Piscina delle Rose, Stadio Olimpico del Nuoto (final) • 1964: Tokyo Metropolitan Indoor Swimming Pool • 1968: Francisco Márquez Olympic Pool (final), University City Swimming Pool • 1972: Dantebad, Schwimmhalle (final) • 1976: Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, Olympic Pool (final) • 1980: Swimming Pool - Moscow, Swimming Pool - Olimpiysky (final) • 1984: Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool • 1988: Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool • 1992: Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Piscines Bernat Picornell (final) • 1996: Georgia Tech Aquatic Center • 2000: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre (women's final), Sydney International Aquatic Centre (men's final) •2004: Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre • 2008: Ying Tung Natatorium • 2012: Water Polo Arena • 2016: Maria Lenk Aquatic Center
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