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Rio Olympics gets high-tech touch from GE

  • Grace D. Amianti

    The Jakarta Post

Rio de Janeiro   /   Thu, August 4 2016   /  07:10 am
Preparation: The Carioca Arena, which encloses more than 38,000 square meters and is built for the Rio Olympics, will host basketball during the upcoming Olympics.(Courtesy of GE)

Preparation: The Carioca Arena, which encloses more than 38,000 square meters and is built for the Rio Olympics, will host basketball during the upcoming Olympics.(Courtesy of GE)By the end of this week, the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games organizers are set to show the world the fruits of their herculean efforts in preparing the colossal tournament.

Amid skepticism and a series of challenges, including an outbreak of the Zika virus, a political crisis and security concerns, the Rio Olympics organizers and the Brazilian people can breathe a sigh of relief, with US-based giant General Electric (GE) taking the initiative to become the games’ worldwide partner.

The company has had a strong presence in Brazil since 1919 when it started operations in South America’s biggest economy, investing in various sectors, including the GE Celma, an aircraft engine service and overhaul fa...