BRAZIL – A Brazilian court ordered on Wednesday that the facilities of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be closed to the public due to security concerns.
The Rio Games – the first to take place in South America – have been heavily criticized for their extreme cost of an estimated $ 12.5 billion and corruption scandals on construction sites.
A judge in Rio de Janeiro, at the request of the Rio Prosecutor, decided to ban all major events in the facilities until the authorities received certificates of their safety to close the site.
The judge said the decision was “to protect the safety of the population” and found that thousands of people regularly went to concerts or exhibitions at the venues.
“This situation can lead to tragedies in locations that have been damaged by lack of surveillance and where thousands of people are present,” wrote Judge Eugenio Rosa de Araujo in a AFP decision.
The Mayor of Rio’s office said the city would appeal the ruling.
According to the prosecutor, the federal agency responsible for managing the Rio Games infrastructure “expired last June, which helped leave the premises and steal equipment and electrical cables.”