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IOC: 2016 Games will bring 'benefits' to Brazil

Updated: June 20, 2013, 2:02 PM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The IOC is "fully supportive of peaceful protest" in Brazil and confident the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will bring major benefits to the city and country.

Anti-government protests have spread across Brazil in the past week. Triggered by an increase in bus and subway fares, the demonstrations also have targeted the billions spent to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Games.

The IOC awarded the Olympic to Rio in 2009, sending the games to South America ...

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