• Rio 2016 cutbacks give cause for concern


    LAUSANNE: Rowing and other sports expressed concern on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) at the consequences of budget cuts at the Rio Olympics. An economic downturn in Brazil has forced 2016 Games organizers to ditch plans for a 4,000 capacity floating stand at the Olympic rowing site on the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. As a result there will only be space for 6,000 spectators as opposed to the 14,000 originally planned at the site in the heart of the city with a spectacular backdrop of mountains and Rio’s commanding Christ the Redeemer statue. That’s a far cry from the 25,000 rowing afficionados who filled Eton Dorney at the London 2012 Games.



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