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The Maracana stadium in the backround, framed by one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Name a famous Brazilian. No, grow up. Not that kind of Brazilian: someone world-famous from that vast melting pot of humanity at the other side of the(...)

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 concern(...)

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