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Olympics: Organisers in Rio Games give assurance

Published on Apr 30, 2014 6:14 AM
An aerial shot shows the Olympic Stadium, which is closed for repair works on its roof, in Rio de Janeiro on March 28, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Rio Olympic Games organisers on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, countered criticism of slow preparations with an assurance they would deliver the 2016 event on time and on budget.

With the clock rapidly ticking before the first Olympics in South America, many facilities in Rio have yet to be completed because of construction delays and soaring costs.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates on Tuesday voiced "critical concern" over preparations, echoing months of worries from the Olympic overseeing body.

But the Local Organising Committee (LOC) insisted in a statement they would deliver their "historic mission" with IOC support, which an IOC statement said it would provide.

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