'Transformed Rio ready to enjoy party, celebration and Olympic challenge'

Rio de Janeiro: Rio de Janeiro is a "vastly different city" to the one that won the right to host the Olympic Games in 2009, mayor Eduardo Paes has said. With just over a week to go until the opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium, Paes on Wednesday hailed the impact of 40 billion reais (around $12 billion) in Olympics-related investments, reports Xinhua. "The Olympics have allowed for the building of projects that were shelved for a long time," Paes said. "Now we can start to enjoy the party, the celebration and the Olympic challenge." "Tourists won't be seeing a perfect city but one that is vastly better than it was in 2009 (when Rio launched its Olympic candidacy)." Among projects that have been completed for the Olympics include a new subway line, exclusive bus corridors and a light rail service. The majority of Rio's Olympic budget has been allocated to infrastructure, according to Paes.