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Rio Olympics could be financial disaster

Rio de Janiero governor Francisco Dornelles is worried that his city won't be ready in time for the Games in August.

Security, mobility among the biggest worries ahead of the Games

Earlier this month, Rio de Janeiro governor Francisco Dornelles, left, declared a state of financial emergency. (Vanderlei Almeida/Getty Images)

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

Francisco Dornelles has said Monday in an interview with O Globo newspaper published 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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