Rio promises to be ready for Olympics

Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic preparations are running on time and under budget, proving Brazil’s capacity to keep its promises, Mayor Eduardo Paes said on August 5.

Paes said this while marking the one-year countdown to the Games at the fencing venue under construction at the Barra Olympic Park.

“We want to show that we are capable of doing things on time, and that Brazil is not a country where everything ends up over budget or everything ends up late,” said Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

Paes said that the construction work at the Barra Olympic Park, the Games’ main venue cluster, is now 82% complete.

Meanwhile, the Olympic Stadium is 79 percent complete, the golf course 98 percent, the athletes’ village 89 percent and the aquatic stadium 81 percent.

For the ongoing concerns about the water quality at the sailing, rowing and canoeing venues, Paes said that the organizers have prompted a city-wide transformation.

“I’m doing what previous mayors promised but didn’t deliver. Don’t come here expecting Swiss, Swedish or Danish levels of development. We are not there, but we have advanced a lot in recent years,” said Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Paes was joined at the press conference by Rio 2016 organizing committee president Carlos Nuzman, who fended off questions about water quality.

Paes and Nuzman also played down the impact of Brazil’s economic malaise, which has coincided with a sprawling corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras.

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