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The Maria Lenk Aquatics Center (Portuguese:
Parque Aquático Maria Lenk) is an aquatics centre that is part of the City of Sports
Complex, in Barra da Tijuca. It is part of the investments made by the
city Rio de Janeiro to host the swimming, synchronized swimming and diving competitions
of the 2007 Pan American Games. During the 2016 Summer Olympics it hosted
group matches of water polo and the synchronised swimming and diving competitions. 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 was designed in accordance
with established parameters and specifications of the International Swimming Federation (FINA). It is partially covered and includes an Olympic-sized
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 metres
(450,000 sq ft). The facility has also been designed according
to the specifications required to achieve the Parapan American Games of 2007, as well
as environments and equipment ready to receive people with special needs. In March 2008, the facility came under the
administration of 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 failed project that would prove difficult
to maintain in the long run, 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, was one of the major assets of the
city’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.==See also==
Júlio Delamare Aquatics Centre Swimming Olympic Centre of Bahia

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