March 02, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro's mayor has suggested that spectators do not buy tickets for rowing events at the Olympics - but instead find a spot near the venue and watch the competition for free.

After handing over the Deodoro Sports Complex to 2016 Olympic organizers, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters that if he were a regular citizen he would say to Rio residents ''do not spend your money on this (rowing)''.

''Go watch at the border of the lagoon, drinking your beer in peace with your family. Put your beach chair there because you will watch rowing for free'', Paes said.

The Olympic rowing venue lies in the heart of Rio.

The games open on Aug. 5.

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