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Rio Olympics 2016: Contract for Games' tennis centre cancelled

The city of Rio de Janeiro cancelled the construction contract for the Olympic tennis centre, just 200 days before the start of the Games, fining the consortium responsible for delays and breach of contract for the mostly finished venue.

Rio has fined the consortium responsible 11 million reais ($A3.9 million) according to an entry in the city's Official Gazette.

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The consortium was made up of local builders IBEG Engenharia e Construcoes, Tangran Engenharia and Grupo Damiani.

Rio City Hall, which is responsible for the construction, did not say how the tennis centre, which is 90 per cent complete, will be finished.

Preparations for the Rio Olympics have been trouble.
Preparations for the Rio Olympics have been trouble. Photo: Getty Images

The consortium said in a statement it was "totally perplexed" by the cancelled contract and planned to go to court seeking compensation from the city for financial losses and damage to the member companies' reputations.

Last week, laid-off construction workers who had been building the venue protested outside, saying they were owed money by the consortium.

A container caught fire, but no damage was done to venues and no one was injured.

Reuters