Rio Olympics 2016: Rio de Janeiro bushfire threatens Olympic venues

 Rio Olympics 2016: Rio de Janeiro bushfire threatens Olympic venues

16 August 2016

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Brazil —     Athletes have been forced to flee an Olympic venue as a bushfire rages close by.

The fire has taken hold at the Deodoro parkland area in the city’s west, parts of which houses the mountain bike stadium, canoe slalom course and BMX track.

Mountain bikers are said to have been evacuated from the park with the venue lying within the Deodoro hills area.

The fire is clearly visible from a number of Olympic venues including the Hockey Centre.

High winds across Rio de Janeiro are fanning the flames and sending smoke from the fire across the city creating issues for other Olympic events.

The high winds, with some gusts of more than 90km/h have already caused injuries with several spectators being harmed when an overhead “spidercam” broke free of its moorings and fell into the crowd at the Games’ basketball venue.

It’s not the first time Deodoro has been struck by bushfires during the Olympics with the area catching alight last week just half a kilometre from where the rugby sevens tournament was taking place.

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