The Rio Stadium that will host track and field event for the 2016 Olympics, the Engenhao, has been forced closed by authorities, who say structural problems with the roof make it unsafe for public events.
“I asked them if these problems posed a threat to fans and the answer was ‘Yes,’ depending on circumstances such as wind velocity and temperature,” Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes told the Associated Press. “There was a risk, so I decided to close the stadium immediately until we have more details about the solution that we will need.”
Three different reports showed that the structural problems might present risks, so the mayor said that, whether it takes a month or a year, the stadium will stay closed as long as it has to in order to ensure the safety of those coming to watch events.
“I will wait until a definitive solution if presented. We can’t play with something like this.”
The stadium, built in 2007 for the Pan American Games, was hosting the Rio state football championship and the Copa Libertadores, a club tournament. Both had to be moved, but it’s obviously not likely to affect the Olympics, which are more than three years away.
Christie Rampone, the 40-year-old captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, has yet to return to full fitness after December knee surgery and pulled out of a U.S. camp ahead of two pre-Olympic friendlies in June.
Her bid for a fifth Olympics, and to become the oldest U.S. Olympic soccer player of all time, is in danger.
The camp begins Friday. The friendlies against rival Japan (which failed to qualify for Rio) are June 2 and June 5.
“I don’t feel 100 percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” Rampone said in a press release Tuesday. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue [her club team] this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot, and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”
Rampone, a defender, hasn’t played for the U.S. since her December arthroscopic knee surgery. At the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she played a total of 14 minutes.
The U.S. national team is currently without nine players from the 23-player World Cup team, though some are expected back for the Olympics, but only one of the missing other than Rampone is a defender (the retired Lori Chalupny).
The U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team for London was named in May 2012, but the Rio roster of 18 players is expected to be announced by early July.
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