By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the 2014 World Cup start date now a little over three weeks away and numerous stadiums still classified as works-in-progress, Rio de Janerio's preparations for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games have also come under the international spotlight, leaving the city and various agencies responsible for the Games to deal with a new onslaught of heavy criticism.

Most recently the Associated Press reported Rio's state environment secretary, Carlos Francisco Portinho stating in a May 7th letter to Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, that with . . .

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