Rio 2016 Rio 2016 unaffected by 'Car Wash' scandal

Government co-ordinating secretary in Rio de Janeiro Pedro Paulo has waved away fears venues won't be ready for the 2016 Olympics.

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'Operation Car Wash' will not affect preparations for Rio 2016, according to Brazilian politician Pedro Paulo.

The scandal engulfing Brazilian politics has seen Marcelo Odebrecht and Otavio Marques de Azevedo - CEOs of Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez respectively - facing allegations of bribery in relation to contracts made with Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Paulo, the government's co-ordinating secretary in Rio de Janeiro, denied the saga would affect construction of Olympic sites - including Deodoro, a site set to host 11 sports.

"Here in Rio de Janeiro, there is no car wash scandal," said Paulo, who is expected to run for Rio Mayor in 2016.

"All the construction work is on time even though some construction companies are involved in this scandal.

"I want to say that none of them have had any impact, no impact at all, on any construction work.

"Deodoro has Queiroz de Galvao [as a construction company]. That construction work is on time.

"It made up for lost time and now it's completely on schedule. They are actually performing much better than other construction companies that aren't involved in this scandal.

"Of course, as with any concern, we are sad about the situation as Brazilians and as people from Rio, but there is no risk with these scandals that are happening with these companies."

Paulo acknowledged the issues facing Rio 2016 - worthy of note is widespread pollution of the sailing venue at Guanabara Bay - but claimed they were not hindering preparation.

"What I should say is that every project is running to schedule even though we are facing problems every day," he said.

"One day there are environmental problems, then there is a strike [on] day-to-day construction work, it's like this.

"But all the projects are on time, especially those ready for the test events.

"Obviously that is a worry and we don't have time to lose. But all the projects are on time, without any delay."

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