Rio 2016: one year out Brazil not delayed or over budget, says mayor

Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 8/5/2015

The Rio mayor, Eduardo Paes, launched a feisty defence of Olympic preparations on Wednesday as the host city marked the one-year countdown to the 2016 Games with a presidential gala and a test rowing event.

Following criticisms of water quality, police violence, forced relocations and excessive benefits to private developers, the mayor countered with a positive vision of how Rio was transforming as a result of the Games.

“I’m doing what mayors before me promised but didn’t deliver,” he told reporters at a press conference in the fencing venue of the Olympic Park. “Don’t come here wanting Swiss, Swedish or Danish levels of development, we are not there – but we have advanced a lot in recent years.”

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