IOC hail solid progress by Rio 2016 organisers

20 February 2013 / 19:30

International Olympic Committee inspectors have declared themselves satisfied with the progress made by Rio 2016 organisers.

Nawal El Moutawakel headed a three-day visit and was happy to see Rio implement many of the lessons learned from the debrief that followed last year's successful Olympics in London.

“We've seen solid progress this week,” she said.

“Building work is ongoing and the organising committee continues to strengthen its capacity. However, many projects will have to be delivered simultaneously. 

"We remain confident but we must all stay vigilant and continue to work hard, so that timelines are respected.”

In the next 12 months, Rio organisers will finalise a schedule for test events and they also presented IOC officials with their all-important accommodation plans.

“We are making strong progress in our journey and we are on track to deliver great Games," said organising committee chairman Carlos Nuzman. 

"We have worked hard to increase integration across the project and the vital engagement and support of the three levels of government is stronger than ever. 

"We are grateful for the expert advice and guidance received from the IOC coordination commission this week, and the Rio 2016 teams will continue to work relentlessly to deliver solutions for the outstanding issues and to respect the timelines involved in the project.”

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