Rio 2016 Olympic Games: closure of Olympic facilities for security breaches

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Less than four years later, the facilities for the Rio Olympic Games are already over. The justice of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday ordered the closure within 24 hours of all the facilities built for the 2016 Olympic Games, until the presentation by the municipality of security certificates for their operation. These facilities were quickly abandoned after the competition.

In his decree, judge Eugenio Rosa de Araujo accepts a request to this effect presented in October by the Rio prosecutor. The mayor’s office announced in a press release that it will appeal on Thursday.

The judge explained that he had taken this measure to “preserve the safety of the population” and avoid the risk of “tragedies”, recalling that thousands of people participate in festivals and shows organized in some of the buildings concerned.

“Theft of electrical equipment and cables”

According to the prosecution, the federal body responsible for the administration of the installations was dismantled in June 2019, “which contributed to the abandonment of the installations, with the theft of electrical equipment and cables”.

The construction of the facilities that hosted the Rio Olympics, the first to be held in South America, cost approximately $ 12.5 billion and was peppered with corruption scandals.

The measure affects the facilities of the Barra de Tijuca Olympic Park, the lungs of the Olympic Games built in a modern district in the west of Rio, including the Olympic Arena, the tennis center and the velodrome.

Also concerned are the installations erected in the region of Deodoro, a modest suburb in the northwest of Rio very little frequented by tourists, and which had hosted disciplines such as horse riding, field hockey, rugby sevens and the canoe Kayak.

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