Fire Damages Velodrome at Rio’s Olympic Park

There were no victims in Sunday's blaze, which consumed part of the Velodrome's roof and track; Brazil's Sports Minister blames unmanned hot-air balloon.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Early Sunday morning, July 30th, just a few days short of the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Rio 2016 Games (August 5th), a raging fire consumed part of the cycling track and roof of one of the Games' main venues, the Velodrome in Rio's Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca.

It took Rio fire fighters several hours to fully extinguish the blaze which began around 12:30 AM.

After the incident, Brazil's Minister of Sports, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?