POSTED: April 10th 2014

IOC Chief Bach to reveal plans for Rio 2016 Olympics today

IOC President Thomas Bach / SportAccord
IOC President Thomas Bach / SportAccord

LAURA WALDEN in Belek / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is set to layout the new plan and task force initiative to get the Rio 2016 Summer Games back on track and to meet the demands of the preparations. During the general assembly of the international sports federations taking place at the SportAccord Convention in Belek a number of sports federations have expressed real concern over the progress of preparations for their events.

IOC Communications Director, Mark Adams, said, “We have only just started talking to Rio about some of the measures that we want to take with them.

Adams also clarified that it was premature to consider moving the Games to another destination and that the IOC’s priority was to get preparations on track in Rio.

“What we can say is that there is talk in Rio about ensuring finance for the Games and there is a real sense of urgency within the government as well as within the organizing committee.

“The clock is ticking and every day is crucial but they can still deliver and the President has said that today. It is within their means to be able to do this. There is still time if action is taken for now for us to deliver a Great Games,” he concluded.

Athens 2004 went through a similar situation when former IOC President, Jacques Rogge, was in charge of the Coordination Commission and convinced then President Juan Antonio Samaranch to put pressure on the organizers to speed up the progress. And it worked, Athens significantly moved forward with their works in progress and staged great Games.  

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