Late nights for swimmers in Rio
Swimmers and beach volleyball players will be competing in the midnight hour at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Brazilian organisers confirmed Friday that the competition schedule includes late-night sessions in the two sports - swimming finals, running from 10 p.m. local time to midnight, and some beach volleyball matches, starting at midnight on Copacabana Beach.
The times are geared toward NBC's night-time coverage in the United States, as well as Brazilian TV's tradition of showing sports events at late hours. Rio will be one hour ahead of US eastern time during the games.
"The Olympic Games are a global event that is seen around the world and the schedule has to work around the world to give the best showcase for each sport," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. "It's quite a balance. They seem to have reached a conclusion that suits everybody."
The IOC executive board also praised Rio's progress in tackling the delays that had put the Olympics at risk a few months ago, saying the crisis has eased but that there still is no time to lose with the games less than two years away.
"I'm 100 per cent confident that we will get the venues that we need ready in time," said the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi. "There is nothing today where we say, 'Whoa, this test event is at-risk', or, for that matter, the games."