The Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium, due to host the track and field events at the next Olympic Games, is to remain closed until 2015 at the earliest.  

Safety fears have prompted the decision to be made at the Rio de Janeiro venue, known locally as the Engenhao, after a study showed the roof was at risk of collapse if subjected to high winds.

Local authorities have assessed it will take eighteen months to resolve the issues at the stadium, originally built for the 2007 Pan American Games.  

The news follows problems at another Rio stadium, with the Maracana facing a race against time to be ready for the Confederations Cup which begins this weekend.

Posted on 09/06/2013