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SBD Global/February 25, 2014/Olympics
Rio Now On The Clock For '16 Games, And Concerns Exist Whether City Will Be Ready
Published February 25, 2014
PRIMED FOR PYEONGCHANG: In N.Y., Matthew Futterman wrote ahead of the '18 PyeongChang Games, there were around 200 South Korean observers in Sochi, "taking notes on everything from security to transportation to the design of the venues." Like Sochi, PyeongChang "is a massive project that includes a new high-speed rail line and expressway, construction of six venues and a plethora of housing." Pyeongchang also "has yet to begin selling major sponsorships" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/24).
NOT TOO SOON TO THINK ABOUT TOKYO: REUTERS' Karolos Grohmann reported Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said that he traveled to the Sochi Games to assure the IOC he was "fully committed to Olympic preparations after his predecessor resigned over a financial scandal." The city is hosting the '20 Games, and Masuzoe said, "There are so many challenges but my highest priority is the possibility of a disaster. The worst thing that one can think of is a disaster right in the middle of the Games. So, for me, disaster prevention and disaster mitigation plans are very important" (REUTERS, 2/24).