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Rio closes venue to be used for athletics in 2016

Updated: March 26, 2013, 9:04 PM ET
Associated Press

SAO PAULO -- Rio de Janeiro city officials have been forced to temporarily close the stadium that will be used for track and field at the 2016 Olympics because of structural problems with its roof.

Authorities said Tuesday that the Joao Havelange Stadium, known locally as the Engenhao, isn't safe to host public events until the problems are fixed.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said he decided to close the venue immediately after constructors who have been monitoring the stadium's ...

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