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SBD Global/May 12, 2014/Olympics
Int'l Olympic Committee Official Denies Plans To Move 2016 Rio Games To London
Published May 12, 2014
SECRET TALKS: In London, Benedict Moore-Bridger wrote "London has been secretly asked if it would be able to take over the 2016 Olympics because Brazil is so far behind on preparations." A source said, "At a comparable planning stage in 2004 Athens had done 40 percent of preparations on infrastructure, stadiums and so on. London had done 60 percent. Brazil has done 10 percent -- and they have just two years left. So the IOC is thinking, 'What’s our plan B?' Obviously, the answer would be to come back to London. It’s very unlikely but it would be the logical thing to do" (EVENING STANDARD, 5/9). In London, British Olympic Association Chair Sebastian Coe wrote "two years out, with or without a World Cup, is just plain tough for an organising committee and their delivery partners." Clocks "seem to go faster than at any other time in that seven-year delivery." Some decisions "need to be reversed, changed or speeded up." The delivery of a Games "is often the art of hour-by-hour refinement" (TELEGRAPH, 5/10).