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] Less than six months after Brazil hosted the first ever Olympics in South America. Game venues in Rio De Janeiro sit empty, idle and in some cases, already in disrepair. That's put the spotlight back on Olympic organizers who pledged that the venues would be repurposed to benefit the city and its residents.
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Here's Reuters correspondent, Pedro Fonseca.>> Here at the Olympic Park, the aquatics center illustrates that problem. The pools were moved, but the craters where the pools were remain open, and filled with dirty water.>> Also in disrepair is Rio's famed Maracana Stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies.
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These recent aerial pictures showing the field now giving way to dirt and scrub from lack of use.>> The Deodoro complex which hosted mono biking and canoeing competitions during the games is another venue closed. The promise was to transform it into a public park but the gates are closed and the promise unfulfilled.
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>> Government officials blame the inactivity here on Brazil's ongoing recession, disagreements with contractors and a change in mayors after last year's elections. Federal state and local governments, along with private partners paid roughly $13 billion to host the Olympics in Rio. Most of which was spent on game venues and facilities.