Rio state takes over operating of Brazil’s iconic Maracanã stadium

Fireworks explode above the Maracana stadium during the rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Photo: 3 August 2016Picture copyright
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The Maracana stadium has a capability of round 78,000

Rio de Janeiro state says it’s taking up the operating of Brazil’s Maracanã stadium, cancelling the contract of a non-public consortium.

Governor Wilson Witzel mentioned the choice would take impact on 17 April however wouldn’t disrupt soccer matches.

Rio’s state meeting earlier mentioned it could examine the contract of the Consorcio Maracanã, saying there have been indicators of mismanagement and corruption.

The consortium mentioned it was “stunned” by the state authorities’ determination.

Final yr, former Rio Governor Sergio Cabral was sentenced to 12 years in jail, accused of manipulating bids and overinflating contracts for the Maracanã.

The administration of the Maracanã went into personal palms in 2013 after a protracted and costly refurbishment forward of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Video games.

The stadium has sat empty for months at a time after the Olympics. In 2017, looters broke into the stadium, smashing home windows and stealing some gadgets.

The Maracanã – which additionally hosted the 1950 World Cup remaining – has been utilized by all of Rio’s large 4 groups, Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama.

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