Olympics: New IOC V-P voices critical concern over Rio's slow progress
SYDNEY (AFP) - Newly-elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates on Wednesday piled pressure on 2016 summer host Rio de Janeiro, saying its slow progress in preparing for the Games was of "critical concern".
The Australian, who was elected to the post at the IOC's 125th session in Buenos Aires this week, said there was no bigger challenge for the organisation than ensuring Rio was ready on time.
"Our biggest challenge is Rio. There is a little over two years to go and there is still so much work to be done," he said in a statement headlined "Rio preparation of critical concern" released through the Australian Olympic Committee.
"We are all concerned. It is not impossible, but they desperately need a more concerted effort with some of the infrastructure projects and venues."