Government, Rio 2016 officials offer assurances
Brazil government, Rio 2016 officials meet and say test events, Olympics will meet deadlines
Associated Press
2014-04-09 09:01 AM

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Top officials of the 2016 Rio Olympics and the chief of staff for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met for two hours Tuesday and repeated assurances that, despite well-publicized delays, test events and the games themselves will meet proposed deadlines.

The meeting, which was described as "crucial" three weeks ago by inspectors from the International Olympic Committee, was postponed several times. IOC officials said it was to focus on funding and venue planning.

Officials at the meeting, including Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, Rousseff's Chief of Staff Aloizio Mercadante and Carlos Nuzman, president of the organizing committee, left without commenting.

The Rio Games -- like Brazil's World Cup in two months -- have been plagued by delays and concerns about the lack of coordination among Brazil's three levels of government.

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