The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has made significant progress in its preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games, but noted it will need “constant supervision” in its efforts to deliver the event.
Rio 2016 unveiled its latest progress report to the IOC’s General Assembly in Sochi, with the IOC saying local organisers have no time to lose if they are to ensure everything is ready on time.
“Significant and tangible progress has been made,” Nawal El Moutawakel, the Moroccan head of the IOC’s coordination panel for Rio, said, according to the UK-based sports marketing body, SportsBusiness.
“It is clear, however, that constant supervision and assistance will be required over the coming months,” said El Moutawekel, retired international athlete.
IOC president Thomas Bach, who travelled to Brazil last month to urge the government and local organisers to step up their plans, added: “We have made it very clear there is not a single day to lose. We need progress every day to make these Games the success we all want it to be.”
Rio 2016 last month announced that a budget of R$5.6bn (US$2.3 billion) has been set aside for Games-specific infrastructure projects.
Most of the total investment will come via public-private partnerships through federal, state and municipal administrations as well as the Brazilian government alone.
Rio 2016 chief executive officer Sidney Levy said: “I can tell you we are committed. We are motivated. We firmly believe our cause is a good cause and it’s your cause. We are ready to deliver a great Games in 2016.”