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Rio Olympic Park closed over safety

One Year After Hosting Olympic Games, Rio Left With Unfulfilled Legacy

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 27: The Olympic Park stands along a polluted waterway, tinted green by algae, in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood on July 27, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nearly one year after Rio hosted the first Olympic games in South America, many of the costly venue sites are now shuttered or underused amidst a deep economic crisis in the city. Some Olympic legacy plans, including ridding Rio’s bay of pollution and modernizing favelas, have failed to materialize. Critics believe the money spent on the games would have been better used developing infrastructure and other necessities. The one-year anniversary of the games is August 5. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has ordered the closing of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Park in the next 48 hours due to a lack of safety licenses.

Judge Eugenio Rosa de Araújo said in his ruling published late Wednesday that Rio’s city hall has not provided safety assurances for the Olympic Park to hold public events.

The Olympic Park of the 2016 Games has staged music festivals and e-sports tournaments, among other events.

According to the judge, who followed suggestions by local prosecutors in his decision, the area is “progressively battered by the lack of care” and “ready for tragedies.”

Rio’s city hall has not responded immediately to a request for comment by The Associated Press.

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