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Rio mayor says he won't bow to sports federations
Rio mayor says he won't bow to pressure from sports federations making demands for 2016 Games
By TALES AZZONI
Associated Press
2014-04-26 03:01 AM

Rio de Janeiro's mayor says sports federations are making too many unnecessary demands for the 2016 Olympics.

Eduardo Paes says he expects federations to continue complaining about the city's preparations until the start of the games, but that he will not bow to their pressure and will keep his focus on securing a legacy for Rio well beyond Olympics.

In an interview with Brazilian reporters, he said the federations are asking for too many "large things" that won't be used by the city after the Olympics, so he will keep fighting to provide only what will be absolutely necessary to guarantee successful games in two years.

Earlier this month, in an unprecedented display of criticism against an Olympic host, 18 sports federations made public their widespread concerns over Rio's preparations.

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