Porto Alegre is getting ready
WMA President Stan Perkins who has now been in Porto Alegre for a little more than two days has reported that upon his arrival he was extremely concerned that the venues and planning would not be ready in time for the start of the competitions. However he describes the work that has been done since his arrival as amazing with a dedicated work force quickly getting competition arena's and facilities into shape and ready for action.
Line marking, painting, re-surfacing, installation of throwing cages and ballistic nets and many other activities have continued late into the night at the primary venue, CETE, where a new track has been installed. Open areas and parking lots are being turned into massive tent cities to cater for the many associated activities that support track and field championships. The basketball stadium has been transformed into the TIC and Registration Centre and overall the facility looks like it will be ready for the hosting of the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday.
The President indicated that it was quite amazing that the Brazilians seemed quite at ease with the late preparations and it seems that this is the way they do things in this part of the world. 'The Local Organising Committee(LOC) has changed its personnel a number of times in the lead-up to this championship and had many interruptions to preparations with government elections and so on. But now it is full speed ahead as senior Government administrators have got involved and the expertise of event companies have been engaged to make sure planning is completed. It is a very busy place!