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Rio governor warns Olympics could be 'big failure'

A cyclist rides his bike during a test event at the new velodrome, the last venue of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park to be delivered, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 26, 2016. Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
June 27, 2016 - 8:34 AM

Rio de Janeiro's acting governor is warning that the Olympic Games could be a "big failure."

Francisco Dornelles has said in an interview with O Globo newspaper published on Monday that security and mobility are big worries ahead of the games in August.

He says the state is still awaiting a 2.9 billion Brazilian real ($860 million) payout from the federal government aimed at shoring up state coffers ahead of the event.

The metro line that was meant to ferry tourists to the main Olympic venue in western Rio is still not ready. And Dornelles has warned that there's only enough gas money to continue police patrols through the end of this week.

Dornelles is quoted as saying, "without security and without the metro there will be difficulties."

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