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It's Been Just 7 Months Since The Rio Olympics, And This Is What The Venues Look Like Now

Organizers promised the structures would be a benefit for the citizens of Brazil.

21/03/2017 9:29 PM IST | Updated 21/03/2017 9:40 PM IST

Seven months after Rio de Janeiro hosted the first Olympic Games in South America, many of the expensive venue sites remain abandoned.

Getty Images photojournalist Mario Tama recently captured images of the decaying structures that were promised by organizers to be a legacy benefit to the citizens of Brazil. From the degraded golf courses and swimming pools to an abandoned gondola line, the photos look less like the past home of a worldwide event and more like scenes from “The Walking Dead.”

The country remains in a deep economic and political crisis following the games. Critics believe the money spent on the games could have been better spent on developing infrastructure in the country.

See photos of what remains of the Rio Olympics sites below:

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    The remains of the practice pool in front of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium at the Olympic Park on March 18, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro.
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    An aerial view of the Olympic BMX track.
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    Dogs walk in the Olympic Park.
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    Weeds grow in front of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
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    Chess tables stand in Olympic Park.
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    The Olympic Golf Course stands partially degraded.
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    Remains of tennis facilities stand in Olympic Park. 
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    A partially constructed helipad stands near the Olympic Golf Course.
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    Steps remain in the mostly abandoned Olympic Park. 
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    The Olympic Park stands with polluted water along the shoreline. 
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     A withered tree stands in the Olympic Park. 
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    The Olympic Park stands on March 17, 2017.
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    The Olympic Golf Course, top, sits partially degraded next to vacant lots.
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    A man cycles past the abandoned athletes village.
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