Rio de Janeiro: Rio's Olympic venues will be transformed into public schools, sports facilities and leisure centres under plans unveiled by the local government.

The initiative is part of a pledge to ensure next year's Games leave lasting benefits for Rio's inhabitants, according to City Hall secretary Pedro Paulo Teixeira, Xinhua reported.

"Since the start, when Rio de Janeiro won the right to host the Games, our plan was to invest in the legacy that would be left to the city," Teixeira said on

Seven of the nine competition venues at Barra Olympic Park will remain in place after the Games while the structures of two others will be reused to build four schools and two aquatics centers.