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Rio de Janeiro's mayor has responded to the high number of complaints about the city's preparations for the 2016 Olympics by saying sports federations are making too many unnecessary demands for the games.
Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes is viewed as the key person to speed up the city's delayed Olympics Games preparations. He has been the point man when all three levels of Brazilian government have debated expenditures for the 2016 Games.
Brazilian government officials announced Wednesday that almost $11 billion (24.1 billion Brazilian reals) will be spent on major transportation and environmental projects, which they argue are not related to holding the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
More than 2,000 workers at Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic venues remained on strike Friday, and the city's mayor warned that the workers will have to make up for lost time.
With IOC officials in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to monitor progress on the 2016 Olympics, the city's Mayor Eduardo Paes acknowledged that work on a large cluster of venues is far behind schedule.
Showered in confetti and flanked by sequined samba queens, Rio's mayor symbolically relinquished control of the city to its rotund Carnival king on Friday to kick off the five-day festivities, a time of joyous excess when the streets fill with roving percussion bands and throngs of dancing, drinking revelers.