The Governor of Rio fears that Olympics could be a big failure

Anybody out there planning to go to the Olympics? This is not a good headline: Rio de Janeiro's acting governor warned Monday that the Olympic Games could be a "big failure," because of budget shortfalls that threaten to compromise security and mobility during the games. In an interview with Rio's O Globo daily, Francisco Dornelles said the state is still awaiting a 2.9 billion Brazilian real ($860 million) payout from the federal government aimed at shoring up state coffers ahead of the Aug. 5-21 event. The funds were allocated last week but have not yet reached the state, and Dornelles warned that without them, police patrols may grind to a halt by the end of the week, for lack of gas money. "How are people going to feel protected in a city without security," Dornelles was quoted as asking. "I'm optimistic about the games, but I have to show reality," he said. "We can have a great Olympics, but if some steps...(Read Full Post)

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