Rio judge seizes assets of official Olympic broadcaster

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian justice has blocked assets of the company that serves as host broadcaster organization for the Olympic Games.

The decision announced on Monday impacts any financial resources, trucks, equipment and furniture used in Brazil by Spanish-based company Olympic Broadcasting Services, known as OBS.

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The objective of Brazilian authorities is to assure "compensation for possible damages to workers hired by OBS", the ruling says. The company can still appeal the decision.

Investigators that moved the suit claim that OBS has to pay damages to overworked employees of its operations at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games, which ended on Sunday.

OBS is a company created by the International Olympic Committee in 2001. It produces and transmits live radio and television coverage of every sport from every venue.

Its legal representative in Brazil is a British citizen that could not be reached by the Associated Press.

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