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Federal Prosecutor Rips Rio Olympic Planning, 'White Elephant' Venues

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 24 / 17

A federal prosecutor looking into last year's Rio Olympics said that many of the venues "are white elephants" that were built with "no planning," according to Wade & De Almeida of the AP. Many of the venues are empty, boarded up and have no tenants or income, with the maintenance costs "dumped o...

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