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Rio 2016 will make the hosts 'very proud', say IOC

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 01:07

After a three-day visit to Rio de Janeiro, IOC officials say venues are being completed on time and predict a successful Games

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SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (APRIL 13, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NAWAL EL MOUTAWAKEL, IOC VICE-PRESIDENT, SAYING: "The IOC is a non-political organisation and we have been moving forward with our ongoing work despite the complex environment, politically and economically. This is not creating an impact on the Games as we have been delivering on time and the IOC today is working really hard to make sure that the deadlines are respected. At this stage, we are advanced regarding many operations." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NAWAL EL MOUTAWAKEL, IOC VICE-PRESIDENT, SAYING: "The last stretch is always the hardest but we believe that Rio 2016 will make the host nation very proud. This belief comes from the fact that we can see that many of the venues are today finished, with venues of almost 98 percent complete overall and we have witnessed this yesterday during our visits." STORY: The political and economic crisis engulfing Brazil will not affect preparations for Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Games in August as venues are being completed on time, organizers said on Wednesday (April 13) The lower house of Congress votes on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday, in the latest chapter of a crisis that has divided the South American nation and plunged its economy into the deepest recession in decades. Despite political turmoil, venues are on schedule and organisation has been good so far, the chairwoman of the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission, Nawal El Moutawakel, told reporters. "The IOC is a non-political organisation and we have been moving forward with our ongoing work despite the complex environment, politically and economically. This is not creating an impact on the Games as we have been delivering on time and the IOC today is working really hard to make sure that the deadlines are respected. At this stage, we are advanced regarding many operations," El Moutawakel said after a three-day visit to the host city. She said there was still last-minute work to do but was confident the games, in one of the world's most picturesque cities, will be a success. "The last stretch is always the hardest," she said. "We believe that Rio 2016 will make the host nation proud," she added. The relative calm contrasts with the last-minute rush before Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup. Several stadiums were finished late, and many of the promised infrastructure projects have still not been finished two years later.

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Rio 2016 will make the hosts 'very proud', say IOC

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 01:07