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SBD Global/March 28, 2013/Facilities
Rio De Janeiro's João Havelange Stadium Closed Due To Roofing Problems
Published March 28, 2013
EMBARRASSMENT? In London, Jonathan Watts wrote local officials said there was "no danger of a collapse of the 46,000-capacity stadium," which was built by a consortium headed by Odebrecht and OAS. However, the flawed construction of a facility that was "completed over-budget and over-time just six years ago is an embarrassment for a city that is gearing up to host a double-header of huge sporting events" (GUARDIAN, 3/27). Also in London, Mark Cue wrote despite the enforced closure, the IOC insists that it is “absolutely confident” the venue will be completed in time to stage the track and field events with Olympic organizers in Brazil also expressing “full confidence” that Rio will be ready (LONDON TIMES, 3/27). REUTERS' Rodrigo Viga Gaier reported the "first event to be affected" was Wednesday’s Carioca championship match between Brazilian champions Fluminense and Macae (REUTERS, 3/26). XINHUA wrote the announcement follows an assessment by an unnamed private construction company, which said the stadium posed a safety risk due to "cracks" and "movement" in the roof's support structure. Paes added, "The [construction] consortium has shown me what the problems are but at this stage there is still no proposal for a solution" (XINHUA, 3/27). The PA reported Paes said officials would investigate what caused the problem "so those responsible could be held accountable." He said that it could be an issue "linked to the original project of the stadium" (PA, 3/27).