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Rio Olympics Bring in Interpol to Improve Safety for 2016 Games

2016 Rio de Janerio Olympic Games
Interpol’s major events support team will be in Rio to help local authorities police the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio. Photographer: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Interpol, the international police body, will work with the organizers of the Olympics in Brazil to improve safety for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janerio.

Interpol’s major events support team will be in Rio to help local authorities police the event, the agency said today in an e-mailed statement. Interpol will track stolen and lost travel documents, provide DNA analysis and hunt for internationally wanted suspects.

“The agreement establishes the support of the intelligence service in the fight against all actions that could affect the integrity of sports and its signing three years before the Games allows it to start to be implemented for the test events,” Luiz Fernando Corrêa, Rio 2016 security director, said in the statement.

Interpol will also investigate illegal betting and match fixing, as well as look for counterfit goods and tickets. The agreement calls for the global security group to assist the International Olympic Committee in the hunt for doping and corruption.

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