RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Mayor Eduardo Paes has expressed confidence in the security arrangements for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a day after a cyclist was stabbed to death near the main venue for rowing and canoeing at South America's first games.
Paes said Wednesday that crime is a social problem and "not an issue about the Olympics." He added that it is an issue about the people of Rio "and the way we conduct our lives."
Paes was speaking at Rio's Olympic headquarters, where top members of the International Olympic Committee began two days of meetings to examine the city's readiness to host the games.
IOC officials began their meeting as a brief labor strike has prevented work at some Olympic venues and also infrastructure projects being built for the Olympics.