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Head of Olympic planning in Rio city hall resigns
Head of planning in Rio de Janeiro city hall for 2016 Olympics resigns
Associated Press
2014-04-02 03:01 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The head of Olympic planning for Rio de Janeiro's municipal government has resigned.

Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, president of the EOM (Municipal Olympic Company), will be leaving her post but will remain as an advisor, a city hall statement said Tuesday.

She will be replaced by Joaquim Monteiro, who works for the city government as a marketing specialist.

The resignation comes almost two weeks after IOC inspectors urged Rio organizers and government representatives to finalize budget decisions about who pays for what for the 2016 Olympics.

The Rio Games have been plagued by delays, partially centered on budget and planning problems among Brazil's three levels of government.

Brazil is spending about $15 billion on the games, a mix of private and public money, and faces pressure to rein in spending.

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