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Published February 7, 2014
RIO PRESSURE: REUTERS' Karolos Grohmann wrote pressure on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics "continued to mount" when the IOC said on Thursday that "the city had no more time to waste and needed to win over the hearts of the Brazilian people." Rio organizers have yet to start construction on their second Olympic park in Deodoro while IOC VP & Coordination Commission Head Nawal El Moutawakel said that "there were still outstanding issues related to government support." Moutawakel: "Significant and tangible progress has been made. But constant supervision and assistance will be required over the coming months" (REUTERS, 2/6).
OLYMPIC TRUCE: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the IOC session in advance of the Sochi Games. Ban renewed his call for all the warring parties worldwide to observe the Olympic Truce and "to lay down their weapons during the Games -- and to lift their sights to the promise of peace" (IOC).
FOR ALL AGES: REUTERS reported FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants the IOC to scrap its age limits for members, saying that "they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties." The 77-year-old Blatter, who has been an ex-officio IOC member since '99 following his election to the FIFA presidency a year earlier, "has yet to decide whether he will run for another term" (REUTERS, 2/6).