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Rio court orders Maracana stadium repairs

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Rio de Janeiro : A Brazilian court has ordered the Rio 2016 organising committee to undertake repair work at the iconic Maracana stadium after it was left abandoned earlier this year.

Rio de Janeiro judge Maria Paula Gouvea Galhardo said Rio 2016 would be fined $30,000 a day if work was not finished within 30 days, reports Xinhua news agency.

Tuesday’s decision came after Rio’s state government argued that Rio 2016 breached contract terms by failing to return the stadium in the same condition it was received for last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The venue was left in a state of disrepair last month amid a legal battle over who was responsible for the venue’s upkeep.

The parched surface was infested with worms, several windows and doors were smashed and around 10 percent of the stadium’s seats were ripped from their places.

Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada said a $160,000 budget had been set aside to return the stadium to its previous condition.

“We recognise that the stadium had to be returned (in good condition) and we will comply with the decision,” Andrada told local media.

He added that work would include painting, fixing of the press-room ceiling, the replacement of broken glass and repairs to restrooms.

According to Andrada, the stadium has no structural problems.

The Maracana was refurbished for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at a cost of $500 million.

It is operated by a consortium led by local engineering firm Odebrecht, which is mired in one of Latin America’s biggest ever corruption scandals.

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Pacers shine for India on Day 2 of warm-up game

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Hamilton: Indian pacers came out with a remarkable performance on second day of the practice game against New Zealand XI being played at the Seddon Park.

On Saturday, the four Indian pacers — Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini — all bowled on immaculate line and lengths and bundled out New Zealand XI for 235.

While Shami was pick of the Indian bowlers as he picked up 3 for 17, Bumrah, Umesh and Saini picked two-two wickets each. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped the remaining one wicket.

For New Zealand XI, Henry Cooper top scored with 40 while Rachin Ravindra and captain Daryl Mitchell contributed with 34 and 32 respectively.

With a lead of 28, Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal then came out all guns blazing in the second innings and accumulated 59 runs in the seven overs they played before Stumps.

While Shaw scored 35* off the 25 balls he faced (5 fours and a six), Agarwal too smashed 23 runs off 17 balls (4 fours and a six), swelling India’s lead to 89.

In their first innings, India had been bundled out for 263 riding on Hanuma Vihari’s 101 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 93.

Brief Scores: India 263 all out and 59/0 (Prithvi Shaw 35*, Mayank Agarwal 23*); New Zealand 235 all out (Henry Cooper 40, Mohammed Shami 3/17

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