Analysis: Rio de Janeiro Olympics cost $13.1 billion

June 14, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO -- An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the cost of putting on last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympic was $13.1 billion.

At a news conference Wednesday, officials of Brazil's Public Authority for Olympic Legacy said the cost for only ''sports-related venues'' was 7.23 billion reals ($2.06 billion). In addition, the Rio organizing committee previously listed the costs of running the Games at 9 billion reals ($2.8 billion).

The Olympic legacy body did not account for other Olympic-related costs. But the AP obtained them in emailed statements from city, state and federal agencies.

Those costs were 26.385 billion reals ($8.2 billion) for, among other things, a subway line, a doping laboratory, a renovated port and cleanup of polluted Guanabara Bay.

Federal prosecutor Leandro Mitidieri said he had to ask himself if a ''country with such inequality as Brazil should have hosted such an event.''


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