IOC Coordination Commission Leaves Rio “Satisfied” With Progress
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 1, 2014–The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission declared itself “satisfied” with preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after visiting competition venues including Deodoro Olympic Park where the equestrian sports of dressage, eventing and jumping will be staged.
“We leave Rio satisfied with the progress that has been made since our visit last March,” said Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel after three days of meetings and inspections which were joined by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
“The strong commitment of the Brazilian authorities to the success of the Rio 2016 Games has been underlined to us by the presence of President Rousseff during our visit to the Olympic Park yesterday. We remain confident that, despite a very tight schedule, our Brazilian partners will deliver successful Games.”
The IOC stepped up involvement in preparations after several sports’ governing bodies including the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) complained about slow progress in construction and lack of communication between several government agencies and themselves.
“As we enter the final two years of preparations,” she said, “we are able to see that the core works are progressing at full speed, particularly in venue construction, where we have been receiving solid development reports. We were also able to see first-hand the advancements being made, during our venue tour on Tuesday. Rio 2016 has begun to engage in earnest with the public this winter and we were able to take stock of what has already been done. We were pleased to hear that this engagement will continue with upcoming events like ticket sign-up, mascot launch, the Cultural Olympiad and test events.”
The next big milestone for the Rio 2016 organisers is the delivery of their ambitious test event program in which 44 sports events take place in Rio ahead of the Games.
Two areas that were looked at closely were construction and accommodation.
Rio 2016 and its government partners outlined in detail progress being made on the development of the venues and infrastructure.
“Although the schedule remains tight,” the IOC said, “the Rio team clearly demonstrated that they had the situation under control, with good progress being made. They also discussed their continued efforts to reinforce their dialogue with the international federations on venue development.”
Accommodation was always going to be a challenge with the large number of hotels that have to be built ahead of the Games, it said, “but very clear and reassuring information was provided to the commission that the 68 new hotels under construction were on track.”