In a statement, the city hall said Botafogo has been responsible for the utility bills since May 2015. But the club told that the city government owed it money to pay water and electricity bills.
According to a Brazilian newspaper, the unpaid bills totaled USD 250,000. Brazil is in the middle of a deep recession, forcing cutbacks on Olympic organizers. The Rio organizing committee said yesterday it expected the stadium to be ready to host a test event in May, but referred questions to the club and city hall.

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