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Concerns Growing More Serious That Rio Will Not Be Ready For '16 Games

04 / 15 / 14

Even with "lowered expectations, the preparation for" the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games is "clearly not up to snuff," according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. Olympic and int'l sports officials last week, "concerned over the lack of construction and commitment in Rio, sounded the alarm in publ...

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