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Rio Games Sees Budget Increase By 25% In Wake Of Project Delays, New Transit Plans

04 / 18 / 14

Brazilian authorities "unveiled an infrastructure budget" of $10.76B for the 2016 Rio Olymipcs, which is 25% "more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time," according to Pedro Fonseca of REUTERS. The budget "covers 27 projects in urban development and publ...

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