Olympic stadium closed over safety fears

Joao Havelange stadium closed due to structural problem with roof

Rio de Janeiro's Joao Havelange stadium, scheduled to host athletics at the 2016 Olympic games, has been closed to undergo roof repairs, the city's mayor said. The stadium, completed less than six years ago, is currently the city's main soccer venue while the Maracana is rebuilt for  the World Cup.

Rio de Janeiro's Joao Havelange stadium, scheduled to host athletics at the 2016 Olympic games, has been closed to undergo roof repairs, the city's mayor said. The stadium, completed less than six years ago, is currently the city's main soccer venue while the Maracana is rebuilt for the World Cup.

 

The stadium which will host the athletics at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has been closed for an indefinite period due to safety concerns about its roof.

Authorities in the Brazilian city say repairs are needed to a structural problem that poses a risk to spectators.

The Joao Havelange stadium, which was built six years ago, is scheduled to host athletics events but the opening and closing ceremonies are to take place at the Maracana stadium.

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes told media at a news conference: “I asked if these problems posed a risk to spectators and was told ‘yes,‘ depending on factors such as wind speed and temperature.

“There is a risk, so I have decided to close the stadium immediately.

“The stadium will stay closed for an indefinite period until a solution is found.

“If it takes a month, then it will stay closed for a month, if it takes a year, it will stay closed for a year.”