Rio’s Abandoned Olympic Ghost Town

In the months following the 2016 Summer Olympics, the facilities of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Village have fallen into disuse and disrepair. The stadiums, used to hold the competitions for 11,237 athletes from Aug. 5-21, are now husks of their former selves as Olympic organizers struggle to find private management for the properties.

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View after part of the upper seats were removed from the Carioca Arena 1, which hosted basketball during the Rio 2016 Olympic games, at the Olympic Park, about six months after the event on February 17, 2017.nRio's Olympic organizers promised there'd be no white elephants after the crowds and athletes went home. Unfortunately, six months later there's a herd charging through Brazil's run-down second city. / AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LOUIS GENOT (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
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The outside cover of the Olympic Aquatic Stadium is falling off six months after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at Olympic Park, which opened to the public only on the weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb.12, 2017.
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This Feb. 2, 2017 photo shows the inside of the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium was renovated for the 2014 World Cup at a cost of about $500 million, and largely abandoned after the Olympics and Paralympics, then hit by vandals who ripped out thousands of seats and stole televisions.
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Children play near the Olympic Park sign in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 4, 2017. Rio organizers still owe creditors about $40 million. Four of the new arenas in the main Olympic Park have failed to find a private-sector management, and ownership has passed to the federal government.
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View after part of the upper seats were removed from the Carioca Arena 1, which hosted basketball during the Rio 2016 Olympic games, at the Olympic Park, about six months after the event on February 17, 2017.nRio's Olympic organizers promised there'd be no white elephants after the crowds and athletes went home. Unfortunately, six months later there's a herd charging through Brazil's run-down second city. / AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LOUIS GENOT (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
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A view of the Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 17, 2017.
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View of the Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 17, 2017, about six month after the Rio 2016 Olympic games.
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View of the Olympic Velodrome at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 17, 2017, about six month after the Rio 2016 Olympic games.
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View of the Carioca Arena 2, which hosted wrestling and judo during the Rio 2016 Olympic games, at the Olympic Park, about six months after the event on Feb. 17, 2017.
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View of the Carioca Arena 2, which hosted wrestling and judo during the Rio 2016 Olympic games, at the Olympic Park, about six months after the event on Feb. 17, 2017. Rio's Olympic organizers promised there would be no white elephants after the crowds and athletes went home. Unfortunately, six months later there's a herd charging through Brazil's run-down second city.
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Seats jumbled in a pile inside Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 2, 2017. The historic stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremony, was vandalized as stadium operators, the Rio state government, and Olympic organizers, fought over $1 million in unpaid electricity bills and management of the venue.
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A trash can lays by ripped seats at one of the dugouts in Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 2, 2017.
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A worker paints a fence at the Olympic Tennis Center inside Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This venue is one of four permanent arenas being run by the federal government, and was used for a one-day beach volleyball tournament, in a city with endless sand and beaches.
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This Feb. 2, 2017 shows Maracanã stadium from overhead in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium, which hosted the closing ceremonies of last year’s Olympics and Paralympics, fell into a state of disrepair as agencies argued over maintenance and unpaid electricity bills. The stadium will host its first soccer match in three months on March 8 when Rio’s Flamengo takes on Argentina’s San Lorenzo for the Copa Libertadores tournament.
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The "Wall of Champions", installed after the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at Olympic Park which opens to the public only on the weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, seen on February 12, 2017.nRio's Olympic organizers promised there'd be no white elephants after the crowds and athletes went home. Unfortunately, six months later there's a herd charging through Brazil's run-down second city. / AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LOUIS GENOT (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
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