Reports out of 2016 Olympic Games host city Rio de Janeiro surrounding political corruption and budgetary issues are not letting up, as a key Olympic venue is currently without water and power.
In the aftermath of the still-to-be-resolved issues surrounding Rio’s bribery scandal, electricity issues and its current health state of emergency, Rio’s Nilton Santos stadium is said to be without both running water and electricity due to unpaid bills.
According to China.org, the stadium, slated to host the athletics events at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, has accumulated approximately $225,000 in debt in the form of outstanding utility bills. Recent images of the would-be showpiece Olympic venue instead show a neglected state, complete with overgrown and dried out, discolored turf.
The stadium was originally built for the 2007 Pan American Games, but was closed since March 2013 due to a roof collapse caused by structural defects. Although reopened last year, the cost of repair work is currently at the center of a legal dispute between Rio city government and Botafogo football club. Rio’s city government actually owns the venue, but Botafogo administers the facility under a long-term lease agreement.
Inside The Games is reporting that an urgent meeting is set to take place tomorrow among stakeholders to discuss resolutions. “We have to look at who is responsible (for the unpaid bills) and will have an answer on Monday,” Botafogo president Carlos Eduardo Pereira said.