Brazil’s Olympic-sized problems

Sports and Society Administrator September 16, 2013 0
September 14, 2013

The organisation of global events are often alleged to be mired in illegal proposals and shady dealings.

Brazil is being simultaneously steamrolled by both the IOC and FIFA, the Swiss-based non-governmental organisations that dominate global sport. Last month, in advance of the IOC’s inspection, Marcio Fortes, the head of the Rio 2016 Olympic Public Authority, resigned in high-profile fashion. Fortes complained that his group, which was responsible for coordinating the efforts of government and Olympic officials, lacked influence in the running of the Games’ preparations.

The behind-the-scenes struggle to control the Olympic purse strings has generated bitter internal conflicts, delayed projects, and prevented the release of a budget - with less than three years before the Games’ opening ceremony.

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