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Bucharest mayor contemplates hosting 2020 Olympics

While visiting the Lia Manoliu stadium that is under construction and set to become Romania’s largest sports arena next year, Bucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu stated that he would like Bucharest to host the Olympic Games in 2020. “I am already thinking of hosting the Olympic Games sometime around 2020,” he stated for hotnews.ro.

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, are expected to be a major international sports and cultural festival, which will be celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee has yet to begin the selection process, but a host city is expected to be announced in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in mid-2013. The IOC in 2004 has even stated they are interested in having a developing country or an LDC nation host the games in 2020.

According to wikipedia.org other potential bids are expected from Cape Town (South Africa), Busan (South Korea), Doha (Quatar), Tokyo (Japan), Istanbul (Turkey), Guadalajara (Mexico), Brisbane (Australia).

General Mayor Sorin Oprescu, who toured the Lia Manoliu stadium construction site Tuesday, learned the reinforced structure works were finished and the stands installed. ”The stadium is ready, as they promised. The roof too will be installed. Now, we are to focus on surroundings, access alleys and ticket booths,” Oprescu said.

According to information provided by an official with the Max Boegl construction company in charge of building the stadium, seats are being installed, an operation to be completed in about two weeks. Masonry works are being carried out, along with compartmenting, the drywall ceilings, floors, isolations and frontages. The Max Boegl official accompanied the general mayor on his tour, during which they also visited the areas where work is being conducted on heat and cooling installations, ventilation, sanitary installations, fire protection systems and electrical installations.

The mayor said tender preparations are underway for picking the stadium management. “We are also conducting a traffic study, so that smooth traffic is insured to the stadium,” Oprescu said. A nearly 1400-car parking will also be built on premises, although the mayor himself acknowledged it would not be enough to accommodate the demand.

The Max Boegl official assured the mayor that the roof metallic structure works will also be completed during September, along with exterior sewage works. The finishing off and installation works will have been ready by December, with the entire project to be finalised in May 2011.

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