June 20, 2013
IOC says 2016 Games Will Benefit Brazil
The International Olympic Committee says it is "fully supportive of peaceful protest'' in Brazil and is confident the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will bring major benefits.
Anti-government protests have spread across Brazil in the past week. Originally triggered by an increase in bus and subway fares, the demonstrations focus on the government's neglect of public services and rampant corruption.
The protests are also targeting the billions of dollars being spent to host the 2016 Summer Games, next year's World Cup and this month's Confederations Cup.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the International Olympic Committee said the 2016 Games will benefit "the whole population of Rio, improving the city in terms of transport, infrastructure and social housing, as well as bringing a considerable sporting legacy for Brazil.''
Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have scrapped plans to increase public transportation fees, but protests continued late Wednesday across parts of Brazil.
The Confederations Cup soccer tournament began June 15 and lasts two weeks. The event that is considered a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup features teams from eight countries, including Brazil.