Legacy of Rio Olympics So Far Is Series of Unkept Promises
Rio’s prominent soccer stadium, the Maracanã, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, has also fallen into disrepair, with a brown field, several thousand seats uprooted, televisions missing and nearly $1 million owed to the electricity company. The consortium that normally administers the stadium, Maracanã S.A., claims that Rio 2016 and the Rio State government did not hold up their end of a contract that required them to maintain the stadium and return it in the state in which it was given to them.
The run-down Deodoro neighborhood was a favorite talking point for Olympic officials before and during the Games. Several sites — including those for equestrian events, shooting and field hockey — were constructed there, heralded as a shining example of how the Olympics can lift a blighted area.
The flagship, however, was the giant swimming pool, used as the canoe slalom course, which opened to the public before the Games.
When the pool opened, Mr. Paes, the mayor at the time, beamed. “We’ve made an early legacy here,” he said. “I think this is something unheard-of in the history of the Olympics.”
The pool is now closed, though temperatures are regularly in the 90s and the neighborhood is a long bus ride from Rio’s beaches. The current mayor, Mr. Crivella, again said the city intended to reopen the pool as soon as possible, but he did not forecast a date.
Close by, the Triângulo favela community was disrupted to make way for rapid bus lines that were expanded before the Olympics. Several homes and the community’s plaza, its main leisure space, were removed by the construction.
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