Rio Olympic headquarters could be site of new US consulate

The site of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics headquarters could become a new home for a United States consular office.

The organizing committee’s temporary home in central Rio will be abandoned in the next few weeks, when staff move to smaller quarters in downtown Rio.

Rio organizers say only 300 employees remain from a peak of about 5,000 when the games opened in August. The committee will be dissolved next year.

In a statement to the Associated Press, American consular officials say they are in the process of “finalizing a site — potentially the current space” occupied by the organizing committee.

The organizing committee’s temporary buildings will be dismantled.

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