Justice orders closure of Rio Olympics sites for security – rts.ch

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In his decision, the judge responded favorably to a request from the Rio prosecutor’s office to prohibit the holding of major events in the Olympic facilities until the town hall presented the certificates necessary for their proper functioning.

The city hall announced that it would appeal the decision on Thursday.

The judge explains that he made this decision “to preserve the security of the population”, because “shows and concerts” are regularly organized there. “This situation, caused by sites damaged by the lack of surveillance and by the presence of thousands of people, can lead to tragedies,” wrote the magistrate.

Huge costs

The infrastructure of the 2016 Games, the first ever held in South America, had been sharply criticized for its staggering cost, around 12.5 billion dollars (12 billion francs), and the corruption scandals that surrounded the construction sites.

According to the prosecution, the federal entity responsible for managing the infrastructure of the Games “disappeared last June, which contributed to the state of abandonment of the premises, with theft of equipment and electric cables”.

Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park

The measure affects in particular the Olympic Park of Barra da Tijuca, lung of the Olympic Games 2016 in a tourist district of the west of Rio where are among others the Arena of Rio, the tennis center and the velodrome.

It also concerns the region of Deodoro, a popular district 40 kilometers north of Copacabana which had hosted disciplines such as horse riding, rugby, field hockey and canoeing.

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