POSTED: December 6th 2014

Rio 2016 planning some late night events but IOC pleased with the progress

The IOC Executive Board met in Monaco December 5 and 6 / IOCUbald Rutar
The IOC Executive Board met in Monaco December 5 and 6 / IOCUbald Rutar

LAURA WALDEN at the Grimaldi Forum in MONACO / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rio 2016 organizers have reported that their overall preparations for the Summer Games are on the rise and even got a glowing approval from International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President John Coates who was quite critical of delays back earlier this year.

IOC Director of Communications, Mark Adams, told reporters that Coates was now very pleased with the great progress that had been made.

However IOC Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel keeps reminding them that there are only 20 months left until opening ceremony and that there is no time to lose.

Another point that Adams raised was that the swimming and beach volleyball finals could go way into the night due to television demands. Swimming could run from 10pm to midnight and then beach volleyball could start in some instances after midnight on Copacabana Beach.

Rio will be one hour ahead of United States’ Eastern Daylight time during the Games and the IOC’s biggest rights holder NBC and the timeframes of Brazilian TV will have an influence on the time frame of events.

They are trying to juggle the requests of broadcasters and the international federations who run sports. Recently the international track and field federation (IAAF) announced that they would hold some athletics finals early morning and this would make the first time since the Seoul 1988 Games that that has happened.

The head of the Rio 2016 organizing committee and IOC Member, Carlos Nuzman, briefed the EB that also support for the first South American Games was on the rise and had reached 65% and a good 70% now are thinking that the Rio Games will be a success.

The official mascots were launched on November 23rd and the EB was pleased of the initiatives to raise awareness about the Games and their promotions. The mascots are currently in a name voting process allowing the public to cast votes. 

The IOC also noted in a statement that they will contribute a substantial US $1.5 billion to help stage the Games and they hope this investment will leave the people of Brazil a huge sporting, economic and social legacy.

Keywords · Olympics · Rio 2016 · Monaco · Mark Adama · John Coates

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