Rio stadium to stay shut for 18 months to repair roof (Reuters)

The Joao Havelange stadium is pictured in Rio de Janeiro March 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro’s Joao Havelange stadium, scheduled to host the athletics at the 2016 Olympic Games, is to stay shut for 18 months while the roof is repaired, a committee of engineers said on Friday. The stadium, completed six years ago, was closed in March because of structural damage to the roof in a major embarrassment for Brazilian sporting authorities. The city government said the roof could present a risk for spectators if the wind reached over 63 kilometers per hour. …

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