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Olympics: IOC ramp up speed of Rio preparations

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday drew up a list of urgent recommendations aimed at breathing life into the flagging preparations for the 2016 Olympics. Rio's Olympics have come under fire recently over construction delays which have echoed the problems facing the World Cup which Brazil will host in June and July this year. Problems have been exacerbated by a host of international sports bodies also expressing their fears over the speed of construction of venues for the Olympics, the first to be staged in South America.

Olympics: IOC ramp up speed of Rio preparations

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday drew up a list of urgent recommendations aimed at breathing life into the flagging preparations for the 2016 Olympics. Rio's Olympics have come under fire recently over construction delays which have echoed the problems facing the World Cup which Brazil will host in June and July this year. Problems have been exacerbated by a host of international sports bodies also expressing their fears over the speed of construction of venues for the Olympics, the first to be staged in South America.

IOC tightens control over Rio 2016 Games preparations

By Karolos Grohmann (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee announced a series of measures including a stronger presence in Rio de Janeiro to monitor progress and speed up lagging preparations for the 2016 Olympics, president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday. Preparations for the 2016 Games, the first on the South American continent, have been plagued by delays, rising costs and bad communication between different levels of the Brazilian government and organizers.

Rio organizers acknowledge issues, guarantee to 'deliver'

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Organizers of the 2016 Olympics have acknowledged there are issues to be resolved in preparing Rio de Janeiro to host the event but said on Wednesday they were making progress and would deliver a "great Games". The guarantees came a day after international sporting federations, meeting in Turkey, criticized the Brazilian government for the slow pace of work and a lack of institutional support.

Sports federations worried over Rio venue delays

BERLIN (Reuters) - Sports federations taking part at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics sharply criticized the Brazilian government on Tuesday over what they said were delays in venue construction and a lack of support as the country struggles to prepare for the Games. Organizers of the first Olympics in South America have been urged to speed up and the International Olympic Committee has asked for better cooperation between the government and the Games Organizers to crank up the speed of preparations.

Golf: Olympic course progress worries golf chief

The president of the International Golf Federation has voiced concerns over the sport's return to the Olympics, saying next year's test event is unlikely to take place because of delays in building the Rio 2016 course. Peter Dawson said a recent visit to the Reserva de Marapendi site in Rio had convinced him construction work was behind schedule. Last week International Olympic Committee (IOC) chiefs warned Brazil 2016 organisers that "every second counts" as worries continue to mount regarding a whole range of Games facilities.

Olympics: "Sense of urgency" on Rio Games - IOC

There is not a moment to lose if the 2016 Rio Olympics are to go off smoothly, IOC officials said Friday, wrapping up their latest visit by identifying a "sense of urgency" surrounding preparations. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission ended a sixth visit to the Brazilian host city with a message to the organizers that every second counts.

Olympics: "Sense of urgency" on Rio Games - IOC

There is not a moment to lose if the 2016 Rio Olympics are to go off smoothly, IOC officials said Friday, wrapping up their latest visit by identifying a "sense of urgency" surrounding preparations. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission ended a sixth visit to the Brazilian host city with a message to the organizers that every second counts.

Olympics: IOC confirm venues for 2016 football tournament

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday confirmed Sao Paulo, Salvador, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Rio as host cities for the 2016 Olympic Games football tournament. The IOC's coordination committee is in Rio this week for three days of meetings ahead of a closing news conference on Friday which will unveil the body's overall assessment of preparations for South America's first Olympiad. The decision to take some of the football nationwide -- all of the selected cities will see World Cup action in June -- mirrors that of the 2012 London Games organizers.

Brazil targets 1m with Olympic language training

Organizers of the Rio 2016 Olympics on Thursday revealed plans to provide language training for more than a million people ahead of the event. Brazil ranks behind many of its counterparts in the language learning stakes, comparative international studies show, and few people speak English outside major cities. But with South America's first ever Olympiad looming, organizers said they had selected EF Education First as official supplier of language training services for the event.
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