Brazil’s Olympics stadium closed due to roof problems

Joao Havelange stadium

(BDCi) — Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup and Olympics have run into further difficulties after the authorities indefinitely closed a Rio de Janeiro stadium because of roof problems, the city’s mayor announced.

The Joao Havelange stadium, home to the Botafogo football club and due to host the athletics competition during the 2016 Olympics, will be shut down until the matter is resolved, mayor Eduardo Paes said.

“The stadium will remain closed indefinitely,” he said. If it takes a year, then it will be closed for a year.”

After being informed of the problems by the company working on the structure, Paes said he asked if they represented a risk for fans.

“The answer was yes,” Paes said in remarks quoted by O Globo newspaper. “We cannot play around with an issue like this.”

The stadium will not be used for the Confederations Cup in June or the 2014 World Cup. Still, Botafogo and others who currently use the facility and have been informed of the situation are asked to look for alternative locations.

Word of the closure comes as Rio’s emblematic Maracana stadium, which hosted the 1950 World Cup final, is undergoing a makeover amid concern that reconstruction is falling behind schedule.

Earlier this month, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said “there is no Plan B” in case the Maracana or any of the other five stadiums for the Confederations Cup are not ready in time.

The development of mass transit projects, the modernization of the city’s port area and the construction of the Olympic village are all viewed as a source of concern as the clock ticks down.

Source: yahoo sports singapore



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