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Rio 2016: Paes remains confident despite delays


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Rio 2016: Paes remains confident despite delays

With less than two years to go before the 2016 Olympics get underway in Brazil, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes announced on Thursday the city will keep working at full speed to make sure the games are delivered successfully.

Speaking from the iconic Maracana stadium, the 44-year-old was in confident mood despite mounting concerns among the International Olympic Committee over construction delays.

The Games are expected to attract some 15,000 athletes from 200 countries and as many as 800,000 foreign spectators.

The opening ceremony will be held at Rio’s Maracana on August 5, 2016.

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