General to head Rio’s Olympic coordination body



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An army general has been nominated to lead the public body that coordinates planning for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has appointed Maj. Gen. Fernando Azevedo e Silva to run the Olympic Public Authority. The group manages preparations for the games among Brazil’s national, state and local governments

Marcio Fortes resigned from the post in August, complaining the office had been marginalized.

The nomination, which goes to Brazil’s senate, comes a week after Brazil’s national auditing office reported more delays in organizing South America’s first Olympics.

International Olympic Committee inspectors have warned several times that preparations are behind schedule, partly because of poor cooperation among various levels of government.