The Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, often simply called Barra, will be the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Located in the west of the city, it is surrounded by lagoons and mountains, and boasts one of the best beaches in Rio.
The Barra zone will be home to Barra Olympic Park, the largest concentration of Games venues, plus the Riocentro exhibition centre that has four pavilions, the new Olympic Golf Course and the Pontal venue. In all, the 15 competition venues in Barra will stage 23 Olympic sport disciplines. The zone will also be home to the Olympic and Paralympic Village, Athletes' Park and International Broadcasting Centre-Main Press Centre complex.
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The Olympic Golf Course is just north of Marapendi Lake in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, approximately 5km from the Olympic Village.
During the Olympic Games Carioca Arena 3 will host the fencing and taekwondo competitions before it will then be a part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC).
Originally constructed in 2007 for the Pan American Games, Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre will be used for diving and synchronised swimming at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The world's tennis stars will take to the court at the Olympic Tennis Centre as they go in search of Rio gold.
Built for the 2007 Pan-American Games, Rio Olympic Arena was designed for Olympic gymnastics and will host all three disciplines in 2016: artistic, rhythmic and trampoline.
Rio Olympic Velodrome will host the track cycling events during the Olympic Games.
The Olympic Aquatics Stadium will be in the heart of Barra Olympic Park, 10 minutes from the Olympic and Paralympic Village.
Riocentro Pavilion 4 will stage the badminton competitions during the Olympic Games.
Picturesque Pontal will be the start and finish point of the Olympic road cycling time-trial events.
During the Olympic Games Carioca Arena 1 will host the highly anticipated basketball competition and after the Games it will be part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC).