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SBD Global/February 20, 2013/Olympics

IOC Officials In Rio De Janeiro To Monitor Progress Made Toward '16 Summer Games

The IOC Coordination Commission Monday "began its fourth visit" to Rio de Janeiro to "meet with local organizers and monitor the progress made at venues and infrastructure sites for the first Olympics in South America," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. IOC President Jacques Rogge last week said that he "doesn’t think he will need to show Rio organizers a yellow card to publicly warn them about delays, but Brazil is under pressure to show that preparations are on track." With three years to go until the '16 Olympics, there has been "some concern with the pace of progress in Rio’s preparations." The Rio committee has a "newly appointed CEO and just made changes in the position of chief financial officer, and there’s still no official budget for the games." The city also "hasn’t overcome uncertainty over the venues for rugby, field hockey and golf." ROCOG President Carlos Nuzman "recently downplayed the notion of delays or any major problems related to the city’s preparations." The commission’s three-day trip will "focus on Rio’s preparations, though, and it will be led by" Commission President Nawal El Moutawakel and IOC Exec Dir Gilbert Felli (AP, 2/18). XINHUA's Michael Place reported Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said that preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games "are on track despite lingering concerns about a lack of new hotels." Speaking on the opening day of a four-day meeting between Brazilian officials and the IOC's 2016 coordination commission, Paes admitted that "Rio had not yet met its target of making available 27,800 hotel rooms" by '13. Chief among concerns "is a lack of new developments in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, which will host most of the venues for the Olympic and Paralympic Games" (XINHUA, 2/18).
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