Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium, which will host track and field event for the 2016 Rio Games, was forced closed back in March, and will now stay closed for another 18 months while workers fix dangerous structural issues with the venue’s roof.
The stadium, nicknamed the Engenhao, has been shuttered since March 26, when Mayor Eduardo Paes deemed it a “threat to fans” after a study showing that wind velocity and temperature change could cause the the roof to collapse.
The city then presented its own study Friday, which offered the same conclusion, and set a timeline for when the stadium might open for test events.
“There is a need to reinforce the roof’s structure so the stadium can be used, taking into consideration the proper requirements of safety,” contributing engineer Sebastiao Andrade told the Associated Press.
The stadium, built in 2007 for the Pan American Games, was hosting the Rio state football championship and the Copa Libertadores when it was closed, but thankfully wasn’t scheduled to host any of next summer’s World Cup matches. The construction also isn’t likely to affect the lead up to the 2016 Games, which are still more than three years away. But still…
“To close a stadium so soon after it was opened is a tragedy, is a shame,” Alexandre Pinto, the city’s official in charge of public constructions, said. “There were several mistakes in this project.”
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best snowboarders in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday night.
Snowboard big air riders will descend from a jump that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
The finalists include U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Sage Kotsenburg and women’s Winter X Games champion Spencer O’Brien of Canada. U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson was eliminated in earlier qualifying.
Snowboard big air, like slopestyle except riders get one jump per run, will debut at the Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
Big Air at Fenway continues with ski big air Friday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Live Extra.
The World Anti-Doping Agency says Kenya is being investigated for breaching the global anti-doping code.
WADA says an independent compliance review committee will now evaluate Kenya and make a recommendation to WADA’s board on whether the country should be declared non-compliant with the code.
WADA says it asked Kenyan authorities to show commitment to setting up a national anti-doping agency, but “we have not yet received the details nor the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process.”
Although being declared non-compliant is unlikely to bring sanctions for athletes, it would be another embarrassment for the East African country, which is under severe scrutiny for its doping record.
WADA expects a decision on Kenya’s status in a few weeks.
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