However he stepped away from the sporting and government establishment with his latest comments to investigative journalist Juca Kfouri. The programme is due to be broadcast by ESPN later this week.
Paes criticised the lack of a national sports policy and said that the federal government, not Rio city and state, should be paying for the Olympic infrastructure and its after-care.
“The role of financing high performance athletes should be that of the federal government but I created what I call Team Rio to strengthen a group of medalists that has the capacity to bring medals in the Games.
“I do not think the results will be good, I’m no expert, but I do not think we will do well, but I’ll leave it to Aldo (Rebelo, Minister of Sport) and (Carlos) Nuzman (president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee).
“My responsibility is what happens to the city afterwards.”
Paes also said he had no intention of financing construction of a new headquarters for golf – “a sport that is not popular in Brazil.”