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.”
Two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields reportedly turned professional, scheduling her first fight on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas.
The fight will be on the Sergey Kovalev–Andre Ward undercard. Ward is the last U.S. man to win an Olympic boxing title, at Athens 2004.
“After working hard for so many years and having the honor to represent my country at two Olympic games, I am thrilled to take the next big step in my career, fighting professionally and leading the rise of women’s boxing worldwide,” Shields said in a reported statement. “There is no better place to begin the journey than to join the biggest fight of the year, Kovalev vs Ward.”
In Rio, Shields, 21, became the first American to repeat as Olympic champion. Her record is 77-1. The middleweight hasn’t lost in more than four years.
She said long before the Rio Games that she hoped to turn pro after them, but this summer amended that to say she hoped to be able to turn pro while still being able to compete in the Olympics in 2020.
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Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz got off a water rapids ride at an Australian theme park 15 minutes before it malfunctioned and killed four people, according to his Twitter account.
The tweet was published at 2:43 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
Dreamworld’s River Rapids ride in Queensland malfunctioned at 2:20 p.m. local time, according to reports.
From NBC News:
A “malfunction” ejected two victims from their raft and caused two others to become “trapped” on the Thunder River Rapids at Dreamworld, according to ambulance service official Gavin Fuller.