By Mira Olson, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANIERO - Preparations to receive millions of tourists during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic games are already well underway in order to present visitors with a safer, cleaner and more modern Rio.

Much of the construction underway is unrelated to the execution of the World Cup and Olympic games but serve to improve Rio’s image. The municipal government, for example, has recently announced new efforts to repopulate the historic downtown areas near the port and Cinelândia.

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