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Rogge defends spending on Rio Olympics, World Cup

Updated: July 10, 2013, 12:41 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- IOC President Jacques Rogge defended the massive public spending on the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil, saying the world's two biggest sports events will leave long-lasting benefits "for generations to come."

Responding Wednesday to the recent wave of protests across Brazil, Rogge said the billions of dollars being spent on next year's World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will bring major infrastructure improvements to the country.

"Public investments are for ...

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