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SBD Global/November 26, 2013/Olympics

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman Says 'Every Day Is A Final' Following Building Delays

Rio 2016 Olympic Organizing Committee President Carlos Nuzman believes "every day is a final" for Brazil's government and Games organizers following extensive delays to key building and infrastructure projects, according to Richard Conway of the BBC. However, Nuzman is confident that the city "will deliver on the promises it made when winning the right to stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games four years ago." Nuzman: "To organize, in seven years, you cannot have everything ready, as a lot of people want in advance. I'm comfortable and confident that we will deliver all the constructions and venues and everything on time." Nuzman, in Athens to deliver a progress report to the Int'l Paralympic Committee, also responded to comments from IOC VP John Coates that Rio needed a "concerted effort" to deliver a successful Olympics. Coates is reported as saying Rio's efforts to be ready to host the Games are "more of a crisis than Athens" -- a reference to the 2004 Olympics, when Greek organizers struggled to deliver venues and infrastructure on time. Nuzman: "I think it's different from one city to another city" (BBC, 11/25).

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