Rio 2016 Games cost $13.1 billion

Published on June 14th, 2017

(June 14, 2017) – An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the cost of putting on the Rio Olympics was $13.1 billion.

At a news conference today, officials of Brazil’s Public Authority for Olympic Legacy said the cost for only “sports-related venues” was 7.23 billion reals ($2.06 billion). In addition, the Rio organizing committee previously listed the costs of running the Games at 9 billion reals ($2.8 billion).

However, the Olympic legacy body did not account for other Olympic-related costs, but the AP obtained them in emailed statements from city, state and federal agencies.

Those costs were 26.385 billion reals ($8.2 billion) for, among other things, a subway line, a doping laboratory, a renovated port and cleanup of polluted Guanabara Bay.

Federal prosecutor Leandro Mitidiery told the AP he had to ask himself if a “country with such inequality as Brazil should have hosted such an event.”

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