“We reached the Games in a very significant economic crisis,” Andrada said.
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Rio Olympics organizers Thursday put on a brave face as problems plaguing the first Games on the South American continent pile up, admitting preparations could have been better but sounding confident of eventual success.From security and empty stands to problematic transportation, volunteer and venue issues and even a lack of standard Olympic branding around the stadiums, the Rio Games are facing a myriad of problems five days into competition.When Rio was awarded the Olympics in 2009 the country was seeing near double-digit annual growth. Economic conditions, however, have meant organizers ran out of cash years before the Games kicked off.Despite these problems, the International Olympic Committee, long criticized for handing the Games to a country that is in more need of social welfare projects than stadiums, said the Games would deliver on promises.
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