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SBD Global/September 10, 2013/Olympics
Senior IOC Members Warn 2016 Rio Olympics Organizers Of Stalled Preparations
Published September 10, 2013
DEMONSRATORS STILL A WORRY: The BBC's David Bond reported German Olympic Committee President and IOC presidential candidate Thomas Bach said that the 2016 Rio Games "could be targeted by mass demonstrations" unless the IOC "starts explaining the benefits of the Games to the Brazilian public." The 59-year-old German lawyer and former fencing Gold Medalist "is favourite in a six-way contest to replace Jacques Rogge as president of the IOC." If elected, Bach said that his first priority "will be to ensure the smooth delivery of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, which have been subject to delays, budget overruns and concerns over the warm weather" (BBC, 9/9).