Rio drops water polo venue


RIO DE JANEIRO: The venue scheduled to host water polo at next year’s Rio Olympics will be dropped from the Games, after months of construction delays and a funding shortfall, officials said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The Julio Delamare aquatic park, near the famed Maracana football stadium, had been scheduled to host first phase matches. But the $20 million needed to refurbish the venue has not been secured, and state government chief of staff Leonardo Espindola said the project would have to be scrapped as it is “just too costly.”



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