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Fear Over Rio Olympics Heightens

Rio Governor
Posted: Jun 29, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Brazilian authorities have expressed fears over the success of the Rio Olympics due to the serious concerns over transport and security.
Rio State Interim Governor, Francisco Dornelles, admitted that the Olympics could be “big failure” if appropriate arrangements are not made regarding security and transport plans
Dornelles, speaking in an interview with Olympics-rightsholders Globo, insisted that a “great Olympics” remains possible, but only if specific steps were taken.
“I am optimistic about the Games, but we have to show the reality,” he wrote.
“We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure.
“I have said that without security and no subway, there will be difficulties.
“How will people get to places without underground transport?
“How will people feel protected in the city without security?
“We have to give proof that we are equipping security and the mobility for people to come to the country.”
This marks the most serious admission of fears ahead of the Games by a Brazilian official after repeated insistences that the Games would be unaffected by the various political and economic problems ravaging the host nation.
Brazil’s interim President, Michel Temer, has already reportedly agreed to disburse federal funds to cover Rio’s shortfall, prioritising any projects considered necessary for the Games.
One of these is the subway line due to link the city centre with the Olympic Park site at Barra de Tijuca.