In pictures: Rio’s Olympic venues in a state of disrepair

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 8:37pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 9:18pm

In August 2016, they were the Brazilian venues that captivated the world.

But just six months on, a number of Rio de Janeiro’s major Olympic venues have fallen into disrepair.

The aquatics centre’s practice pool is now a rust-coloured mire and the Olympic Park precinct with its two arenas, tennis centre and velodrome has effectively been closed.

Rio’s Olympic venues in utter neglect

Yet the most striking damage is to the Maracana Stadium, which was renovated for the 2014 Fifa World Cup at a cost of about $500 million, and largely abandoned after the Olympics and Paralympics.

Worms have damaged the playing surface and the stadium has been looted, with windows smashed, copper wire stolen and some 10 per cent of the seats torn up.