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Brazil stops Olympic Games construction works in Rio de Jeneiro on health & safety concerns

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:17 GMT, Apr 30, 2015 |
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Brazilian Ministry for Labour announced yesterday (Wednesday) that, Brazil has stopped the construction work at two venues being built for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year due to health and safety concerns. Further, he stated that  the construction at a tennis arena was stopped while work was partially suspended at the velodrome, citing a “grave and imminent danger to the physical safety of workers.”

The move comes as Rio races to complete projects with less than 500 days to go before the games. The velodrome has been previously singled out as amongst the most delayed Olympic projects, although officials have recently stressed that the work was back on track.  The safety issue at the velodrome involved an access ramp being too steep, while at the tennis arena work was stopped due to missing guard rails, the ministry added.

RioUrbe, the body responsible for procuring and tendering the venues, said in a statement that the issues would be resolved by the end of the week and that the final delivery time of the projects would not be effected. Organizers of the first Olympics in South America have faced criticism over a range of issues, from questions about preparedness, venue delays and pollution concerns, especially at the Guanabara Bay which will host sailing events.