Deodoro Park closed five months after Rio's Olympic flame extinguished
Deodoro Olympic Park, the second largest venue cluster at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has been closed, the city has admitted.
The site, located in the north of Rio, was due to be used as a park and recreation area after the games, but a contract with the proposed operating company was terminated at the end of last year.
In a statement, Rio city hall said: "Measures are being taken to ensure that the space is reopened as soon as possible." It did not give a timeframe.
Deodoro staged equestrian, modern pentathlon, canoe slalom, mountain bike and BMX, rugby sevens and field hockey at the Olympics, but was shut down for the Paralympics because of financial constraints.
Last month, Rio city hall was forced to hand over responsibility to the federal government for sports venues in the main Olympic Park after a bid to auction them failed.
Officials said only one bidder participated, and failed to provide required assurances for a 25-year concession.
Brazil’s sports minister Leonardo Picciani said at the time that the federal government would operate the two arenas, plus the velodrome and the tennis stadium.
There are also concerns over the future use of the $20-million golf course built for the Olympics.