Committee to coordinate preparations


BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil is creating a committee comprising all levels of government to coordinate Rio's preparations for the 2016 Olympics.

Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is signing a document creating the Olympic Public Authority, which brings together the federal, state and city governments to oversee the Games' preparations.

The Brazilian government says the committee's goal will be "to coordinate public services, the implementation and the completion of the needed infrastructure to host" the Olympics.

The government said in a statement Wednesday the creation of the consortium with all levels of government was one of the guarantees given by Brazil to the International Olympic Committee when Rio bid for the games.