RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) Brazils government insisted Thursday the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio will be safe for tourists through a concerted effort to bust the citys high crime rate. Brazil woke up early for these sporting events. We are going through a strong process of preparation in terms of security for the 2014 World Cup. We are training police... and undertaking intense intelligence work, Justice Minister Paulo Barreto said. The minister said Brazil had already spent 568 million dollars over the past two years to try to reverse Rios infamous reputation for crime, notably by pushing police into slums lorded over by ruthless drug gangs. This is irreversible. The traffickers are not going to take back the territory theyve lost. At the same time, we are starting social inclusion programs for youths in the slums, to stop them falling into the drug trade, he said. Endemic and chronic urban violence has long sullied the image of Rio, where a third of the population lives in 1,000 slums spread throughout the city.