The most eagerly anticipated and contintious legacy project of Rio 2016 - the subway extension linking the city centre with the main Olympic hub at Barra de Tijuca - is due to finally open tomorrow for accredited personnel only.
A special measure meaning State Governments across Brazil do not have to repay debts until the end of the year has been passed in a boost ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Additional funding, which is vital for the completion of the subway extension linking the Rio 2016 Olympic Park with the city centre, is due to be provided by the Federal Government by "the start of next week", the host nation's interim President Michel Temer has promised.
Crucial loan for Rio subway extension not yet released but Sports Minister insists it will not affect project
A crucial loan needed to complete construction of the subway extension linking Copacabana with Barra da Tijuca has not yet been given by Rio de Janeiro's State Government, Brazil’s Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani admitted here today.
Fears are rising that the subway extension linking Copacabana with Barra de Tijuca will not be ready in-time for the Olympic Games after the Rio de Janeiro State Government has been denied a loan "essential" in order to complete construction work.
At least two people have been killed following the collapse of part of a new cycle-way built in order to connect the centre of Rio de Janeiro with Barra de Tijuca, the area due to host the main Olympic Park at this year's Games.
"Soft opening" planned for subway extension during Rio 2016 in which only Olympic cardholders can travel
Only a "soft opening" of the subway extension due to link the main Rio 2016 Games hub at Barra de Tijuca with the Rio de Janeiro city centre will be open during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, organisers have suggested, with the line set to be restricted to spectators with tickets and accredited personnel.
Brazilian officials in charge of preparations for this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have hailed a "major breakthrough" after the completion of excavation work for the tunnels due to form the extended Metro Line 4 linking the city centre with the main Games hub at Barra de Tijuca.