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‘Olympic’ embarrassment for Brazil which is forced to close indefinitely major stadium

Wednesday, March 27th 2013 - 07:46 UTC
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The Joao Havelange stadium in Rio was built only six years ago but has structural problems with the roof The Joao Havelange stadium in Rio was built only six years ago but has structural problems with the roof

A stadium in Brazil that was due to host athletics at the 2016 Olympics has been closed indefinitely because of structural problems with its roof. The Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro was built only six years ago. It was also being used as the main football venue in Rio, while the city's Maracana stadium is being renovated for next year's World Cup.

But is has become a major embarrassment for Brazil as it prepares for its two huge sporting events, say correspondents.

The authorities have also acknowledged delays in work on the Maracana and a funding problem at another stadium, which is set to host the opening match at the 2014 World Cup.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes told a news conference on Tuesday that he had been told about the structural problems at the stadium - locally referred to as the Engenhao - earlier the same day.

“I asked if this represented a risk for spectators and they told me it did, depending on the wind speed and temperature.

”On that basis, I immediately decided to close the stadium until we had more details.“

He said the situation was ”simply not acceptable” for a stadium which opened such a short time ago, and warned that those responsible would be held to account.

The stadium opened late and over budget in 2007 and it has since been leased to local football club Botafogo.

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  • Shed-time

    They're Latin Americans so they can just blame it on the USA.

    Mar 27th, 2013 - 09:45 am 0
  • yankeeboy

    Nah, they've probably already called us to figure out how to fix it.

    Brazilian engineering...sheesh no wonder the wind will blow it over.

    They're not ready to join the big boys and probably not in my lifetime either.

    Mar 27th, 2013 - 11:20 am 0
  • Shed-time

    @2 Yeh, because let's face it Haliburton are really good at using things like concrete to make cement casings (Montara oil spill, Deep water horizon) and Dow chemicals are really good at making pipes fit together (Bhopal Chemical Disaster).

    It's not like you were able to fix that hole in the sea floor without expecting “british petroleum” engineering to sort it out for you.

    Glass houses... stones much?

    Mar 27th, 2013 - 11:33 am 0
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