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IOC head Bach salutes Rio Games efforts

Published on Jan 22, 2014 7:38 AM

BRASïLIA (AFP) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Tuesday he was satisfied with progress being made by organisers of the 2016 Rio Olympics, pronouncing himself confident the event would be a success.

Brazil is determined to ensure South America's first ever Olympiad goes smoothly.

But, as with its organisation of the World Cup this June, the giant nation has work on its hands to ensure it can carry out the major infrastructural overhaul that both events require.

Although IOC officials have dropped clear hints in the past they would like to see Rio make faster progress, Mr ach gave an upbeat assessment after talks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

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