Rio Olympics 2016 is just eight months away. Political turmoil has already gripped Brazil and people’s agitation has been stalling further developments as far as the Olympics in Brazil is concerned.
According to the Guardian, “Administrators of Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Maracanã stadium have fired 75% of the arena’s staff eight months before the 2016 Olympics.”
“The consortium formed by construction company Odebrecht SA and entertainment group AEG said in a statement late on Monday that 40 people were laid off,” the report added.
There are very few stadiums in the world that can rightly claim to be truly historic monuments as well as sporting arenas. But the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, or the Maracana as it is popularly known, with its enormous expanse, huge seating capacity and majestic architecture, is definitely one of them.
As filed by the official FIFA website, the stadium was built in the heart of Río de Janeiro for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the colossal stadium has witnessed some of the most unforgettable moments in Brazilian and world football.
The Maracanã Stadium hosted the 2014 World Cup in Brazil between Argentina and Germany. It has the capacity to host around 79,000 spectators. The stadium has been booked for hosting 2016 Olympic soccer matches as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
According to the Guardian, a private consortium formed by Odebrecht which gained ownership of this stadium has been “implicated in a massive corruption scheme at the country’s state-run oil company, Petrobras.”
“The stadium consortium lost 125m reais ($31.2m) in the first two years of business.”
The Maracanã administrators stated that the lay-offs aim to cut costs while Arena tours and maintenance will be carried out by contractors. The facility is directly under the Olympic control now.
There has been ongoing protests against the consortium after attempts were made to evit an indigenous community from the complex. The consortium indicated that protests have made difficult for them to build a retail complex on the site. They lost huge of money building it.
With just eight months to go from now, the current state looks dismal. It is now time for the Olympics administrators to get directly involved in the mess.