2016 Rio leaders deny role in Olympic scandal

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SAO PAULO (AP) – The president of the organizing committee for the 2016 Olympics in Rio has dismissed claims that high-ranking officials knew that workers were making unauthorized copies of files belonging to organizers of the 2012 London Games.

Carlos Nuzman, along with CEO Leonardo Gryner, spoke to the media for the first time since the illegal downloads were reported last week.

Both said Thursday that they wanted to provide as much information as possible, but refused to name the employees who were fired or give details about the content of the copied files.

The news conference set up by the 2016 team came amid increasing criticism from the public, local media and even local congressmen, including former Brazil star striker Romario.

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