POSTED: April 10th 2014

SportAccord: IOC enacts task forces for Rio 2016

Rio de Janeiro won the Olympic Games in 2009
Rio de Janeiro won the Olympic Games in 2009

CHAD WISE and LAURA WALDEN in BELEK / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee has gone to special measures to ensure preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro remain on schedule, including project task forces.

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell announced the news at the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations General Assembly at SportAccord Convention in Belek/Antalya, Turkey, Wednesday. IOC Olympic Games Deputy Director Christophe Dubi and Rio Organising Committee Executive Director of Sports Agberto Guimaraes were also at the announcement to ensure full cooperation between the IOC and the Rio Organising Committee.

“There are a number of comments and discussions regarding Rio, with concerns particularly about the construction timelines,” McConnell said.

“We will have a number of task forces,” Dubi said. “Venue construction will be the first one and it will start work very soon.

“We are just out of a campaign in Sochi which was extremely successful, but to get to this position was a constant battle and it was extremely tight. To some extent, what we have learned from Sochi will apply in Rio. It is not comparable, but there are similarities.

“There is no doubt a lot of tension here and we have delays, but we now have very clear timelines. It will need very clear monitoring to follow each and every milestone, but we know the venues will be ready in time for the test events.

“It is a complicated situation, but we have identified the delays and the problems, and it is reassuring that from the Rio standpoint they have the same evaluations. We have special measures in place and task forces, and we will have the support at the highest levels of the organisations involved.”

Guimaraes addressed ASOIF members’ complaints regarding water quality and the Games ticketing strategy at SportAccord Convention.

“I still think that we can pull this together and have a great Games,” he said. “We face some challenges, but we can do it together with each one of the IFs. It means you have to push and you have to be demanding.

“It is reassuring to have this commitment and I hope it is enough.”

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