Rio Olympics facing cutbacks due to budget concerns

Published: Tuesday 6th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro face major financial cutbacks as organisers bid to avoid going over budget.

Protests surrounded last year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil as the country’s public were angered by the cost of staging the event, and Rio 2016 officials are determined to avoid a repeat.

Communications director Mario Andrada told the BBC: “The days of lavish spending are over. We need to be creative in the way we find these savings.

“People get upset about luxury and excess, we have to tighten our belts.”

The cutbacks will reportedly not affect the Olympic events themselves, with organisers instead planning to come in under the budget of 3.6billion US dollars (£2.38bn) by cutting the cost of infrastructure, ticket sales and the opening ceremony.

Published: Tuesday 6th October 2015 by The News Editor

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