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Olympics: Rio has no time to lose says Brazil-bound IOC boss

Published on Dec 11, 2013 6:29 AM
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An aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill and the Mario Filho (Maracana) stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Dec 3, 2013. Organisers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have no time to lose with the International Olympic Committee president flying into the country in the coming weeks to monitor progress, the IOC said on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LAUSANNE, Swtizerland (REUTERS) - Organisers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have no time to lose with the International Olympic Committee president flying into the country in the coming weeks to monitor progress, the IOC said on Tuesday.

"We have to realise that there is not a single moment to lose, that every effort has to be made every day to bring the construction of Olympic sites and infrastructure forward," said IOC president Thomas Bach.

Rio Games organisers have been repeatedly urged to speed up progress as the country struggles to prepare for the world's two biggest sports events - the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Mr Bach said he was planning to visit Brazil before February and would meet Brazil President Dilma Rousseff to help improve work between the government and organisers.

 
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