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Rio Olympic Track Stadium Goes Dark Due to Unpaid Bills

  • Associated Press

FILE - The Olympic Stadium undergoes renovations to stage athletic competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov. 9, 2015.

FILE - The Olympic Stadium undergoes renovations to stage athletic competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov. 9, 2015.

The track and field stadium for this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics was without power Monday with the city hall and Rio football club Botafogo blaming each other for unpaid utility bills.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the city hall said Botafogo has been responsible for the utility bills since May 2015.

But the club told the AP that the city government owed it money to pay water and electricity bills.

The Brazilian newspaper Globoesporte said the unpaid bills totaled 1 million reals ($250,000).

Brazil is in the middle of a deep recession, forcing cutbacks on Olympic organizers.

The Rio organizing committee said Monday it expected the stadium to be ready to host a test event in May, but referred questions to the club and city hall.

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