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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Updated: July 11, 1:24 PM ET
IOC chief defends Brazil spending

Associated Press

LONDON -- IOC president Jacques Rogge says the massive public spending in Brazil on the World Cup and Olympics will leave long-lasting benefits "for generations to come."

Responding to the recent wave of protests across Brazil, Rogge says the billions of dollars being spent on next year's World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will bring major infrastructure improvements.

On a teleconference with reporters Wednesday, Rogge said that the spending is "not for the two weeks of the Olympic Games or the month of the FIFA World Cup."

He says "definitely we'll have to explain very clearly to all the public that the investments made for the Olympic Games is going to give a sustainable legacy for generations to come."

Rogge also reiterates his confidence in Russia's security measures for next year's Winter Games in Sochi, saying "I'm sure they will deliver."