25 Jul 2015

Rio Olympics countdown

From This Way Up, 1:35 pm on 25 July 2015
Jon Watts.

Jon Watts. Photo: Supplied

The clock's counting down to the 2016 Rio Olympics. In just over one year, on the 5th of August 2016, the games will get underway in Brazil.

The event follows last year's FIFA World Cup, probably better for Brazil off the field than on it where they lost 7-1 to Germany in the semi finals.

The lead-up to the Olympics will once again put Brazil's infrastructure, its construction industry and government planning for the event in the spotlight.

Jonathan Watts lives in Rio de Janeiro where he works as Latin America correspondent for The Guardian.