POSTED: April 14th 2016

Olympics: IOC tells Rio 2016 to pay attention to thousands of details - strive for excellence

IOC Commission Chairman, Nawal El Moutawakel, warns of home stretch complacency © Getty Images
IOC Commission Chairman, Nawal El Moutawakel, warns of home stretch complacency © Getty Images

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman says they are focused on the last mile © Getty Images
Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman says they are focused on the last mile © Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission concluded their last inspection of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games praising organizers but warning them they are now in the critical phase of the final countdown to August 5th.  

In spite of the economic crisis and the heated political situation brewing in Brazil as the lower house of Congress votes on Sunday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, the Games are on schedule.

This marked the 10th and last IOC Coordination Commission visit to Rio de Janeiro (11-13 April 2016) and included three days of meetings in the host city, featuring a venue tour of the Olympic Park and Deodoro sites, a meeting with the three levels of Government (Federal, State, and City), and presentations by the Rio 2016 organizers on the status of the preparations.

The IOC was also briefed on athlete and National Olympic Committee (NOC) services, sport and International Federation services, media operations, spectators, transport, marketing, technology and the Paralympic Games.

Commission Chairman, Nawal El Moutawakel, said, "As we enter the final 114 days until the opening of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and despite the complex political and economic context, we are confident that Brazil and the Brazilians are on track to deliver successful Olympic Games with an outstanding legacy.

"The strong support from the local authorities, as well as the partnership and solidarity shown by the IOC, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, and other Olympic partners, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, has been invaluable to the Rio organizers, as they finalize their preparations. I'd like to thank all of those involved for their hard work and dedication to this project."

"The last stretch is always the hardest. During the operational phase that we are entering now, there are thousands of details still to manage, and their timely resolution will make the difference between average Games and great Games. The Rio 2016 team is ready to rise to this challenge and deliver Olympic and Paralympic Games that will reflect Brazilians' warmth, hospitality and passion for sports. We believe that Rio 2016 will make the host nation proud."

At this point the IOC concluded that the venues were 98% completed and 33 test events were successfully carried out to check for any pending issues.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman added, "This last visit of the IOC Coordination Commission has helped us a lot on this journey towards the first Olympic Games in South America. Thanks to the solidarity and support from the IOC, International Federations, and National Olympic Committees during this difficult time for Brazil, we will be ready.

"We will not be complacent in the last mile. We know that we still have important elements to finalize before the Opening Ceremony on 5 August. We are working hard with all of our partners on each of these points and we are more confident than ever that Brazilians will deliver great Games."

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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