Haunting pictures show what the abandoned Rio Olympic Park looks like now

Greg Evans
Saturday 26 August 2017 09:00
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One year ago the eyes of the entire world were on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games.

Stars including Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles wowed audiences with their incredible feats of athleticism and endurance.

Despite infrastructure and construction doubts before the games, Rio delivered a memorable and beautiful event. Team GB had a fantastic year as well, and managed to walk away with a record tally of sixty-seven medals.

There were hopes that the Olympics would leave a bright legacy in the Brazilian capital, but it seems they haven't come to fruition.

12 months later, most of the purpose built stadia has fallen into disrepair and neglect, partly due to the deep economic crisis that has plagued the city.

ESPN have published a lengthy report on the aftermath of the games where they state that only 15 of the 27 venues have been used in any capacity since the conclusion of the event.

Venues such as the pool, velodrome and the Olympic Park now resemble ghost towns that no one visits.

Even Rio's new mayor, Marcelo Crivella, has abandoned plans to turn the handball arena into a public school, while the athletes village, with it's luxury apartments, is now abandoned.

The Olympic Aquatics Stadium which hosted the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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The Olympic Velodrome at the Olympic Park, about six months after the Rio 2016.

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The Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley.

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View after part of the upper seats were removed from the Carioca Arena 1, which hosted basketball.

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Golfers play on the Olympic golf course, created and used for Rio 2016 and now run by the Brazilian Golf Confederation for the public.

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People wait to attend a government course next to the demolished remains of the former Rio Media Center, constructed to host some visiting media for the Rio 2016.

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The Carioca Arena 2 which hosted judo and wrestling during the Olympics and boccia during the Paralympic Games.

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The Carioca Arena 1 which hosted basketball during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby during the Paralympic Games.

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A view from the mostly abandoned Olympic park just nine months after the games.

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View inside the Carioca Arena 2.

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The outside cover of the Olympic Aquatic Stadium is falling off just six months after the Olympic Games.

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The Olympic Park stands along a polluted waterway, tinted green by algae, in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood.

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Some remaining tennis courts stand next to the main tennis stadium.

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Skateboarders practice in the Olympic Park.

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The shuttered Athlete's Village stands near Olympic Park. The properties were intended to be sold as luxury condos.

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