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One year on from the Rio Olympics, the venues look like they've been abandoned for decades

It makes for pretty sad viewing.

DORMANT, DESERTED AND derelict — one year on from the Rio Olympics, the iconic venues which will forever hold sentimental memories for thousands of athletes and spectators have been left abandoned and in ruin.

Organisers somehow managed to defy all odds in successfully hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in a city deep in financial recession, but the true cost has surfaced in the 12 months since.

The Barra Olympic Village is a ghost town with the venues which played host to some of the biggest sporting moments from last year now lying in a sorry state.

The Olympic Aquatics Stadium hasn’t been used since while the Maracana Stadium’s power has been cut off because of $930,000 in unpaid bills due to a dispute between the IOC and city of Rio.

Below are just a sample of photos which give some sort of indication as to the extent of the decay of the venues since the conclusion of the Paralympic Games last September.

The Aquatics Stadium

Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Source: DPA/PA Images

Olympic Sports Arenas Source: DPA/PA Images

Olympic Games 2016 Source: DPA/PA Images

Carioca Arena 3, which hosted fencing and taekwondo

Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Source: DPA/PA Images

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Fifteen Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Carioca Arena 1, which hosted basketball

Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Source: DPA/PA Images

Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Source: DPA/PA Images

Olympic Sports Arenas Source: DPA/PA Images

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Fifteen Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Olympic Tennis Stadium

Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Source: DPA/PA Images

Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Source: DPA/PA Images

Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Source: DPA/PA Images

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Nine Source: Owen Humphreys

Athlete’s Village

(SP)BRAZIL-RIO DE JANEIRO-OLYMPICS-ONE YEAR Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Maracana Stadium

Maracanã Stadium Source: DPA/PA Images

the-famed-maracana-stadium-has-gone-to-waste Source: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Maracanã Stadium Source: DPA/PA Images

2016 Rio Paralympic Games - Closing Ceremony Source: PA Archive/PA Images

Olympic Golf Course

Rio de Janeiro Source: DPA/PA Images

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