Take a Look at Rio's Olympic Venues Just Six Months After the Games

It’s quite sad.

By
Sports
533,172 Hypes 0 Comments

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro arguably were one of the most controversial in recent memory. Aside from constant issues with the pools, the Ryan Lochte debacle, and Olympians having limits placed on their McDonald’s orders, the funding and construction of the venues were constantly in question.

Now, just six months after the 2016 Summer Games, a large number of venues used for the festivities and competitions have tumbled into a state of despondency. Most notably the Maracanã Stadium where soccer matches took place has been looted and destroyed; the Games precinct has shut down; two arenas, the velodrome and tennis center have closed; and the Olympic golf course is struggling in disarray. Of the 78,000 seats in the stadium, nearly 10% have been reportedly torn up while windows have been smashed, copper wiring stolen from walls and ceilings, and the playing surface allowed to deteriorate. Power has also been cut due to unpaid bills tallying $940,000 USD which most likely aided thieves who’ve looted fire extinguishers, hoses, TVs, and a bronze bust of Mario Filho, the journalist for whom the stadium was named for.

In an interview with AAP, Theresa Williamson, executive director of Catalytic Communities — a Rio-based non-government organization which provides support to favela communities said, “The legacy is incredibly poor, this all coincided with the economic recession but in Rio, just like the boom here was more intense because of the Olympics, now the fall is more intense because of the Olympics. Everybody here is suffering right now, of all incomes and all stripes and colours.” She also noted that about 80,000 of Rio’s poor were removed from their homes to make way for the Games. “For the most part, they now live in worse situations than they did before – and these were already the poor in a very unequal city,” she said. “People are overwhelmingly not well. Everybody you talk to is struggling in some sense.”

Check out the photos above to see for yourself the situation in Rio.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

New Balance Numeric Hits the Pavement to Introduce the 345
Footwear

New Balance Numeric Hits the Pavement to Introduce the 345

Starring Axel Cruysberghs, Marius Syvanen, Anthony Schultz, Marquise Henry, and Tom Karangelov.

EN ROUTE Teams up With FILA's WHITE LINE
Fashion

EN ROUTE Teams up With FILA's WHITE LINE

Sub-label meets sub-label.

A Migos & Dipset Collaboration Is Happening
Music

A Migos & Dipset Collaboration Is Happening

Jim Jones is preparing for a major comeback.


Opening Ceremony and Vans Join Forces on the Limited Edition "Passion Pack"
Footwear

Opening Ceremony and Vans Join Forces on the Limited Edition "Passion Pack"

Old Skool, Sk8-Hi and Style 23 models.

Juicy J Enlists Slim Jxmmi for Second 'Rubba Band Business' Single "Gimme Gimme"
Music

Juicy J Enlists Slim Jxmmi for Second 'Rubba Band Business' Single "Gimme Gimme"

Just in time for the weekend.

Emmanuelle Moureaux Created the Perfect Eye Candy With "Forest of Numbers"
Arts

Emmanuelle Moureaux Created the Perfect Eye Candy With "Forest of Numbers"

Celebrating the National Art Center of Tokyo’s 10th anniversary.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.