facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

IOC VP: Brazil's Olympic preparations are 'worst I have ever seen'

"There is no Plan B."
By Aileen Graef   |   April 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM   |   Comments

http://cdn.ph.upi.com/sv/em/upi/UPI-8881398804898/2014/1/d106ca9fd825b6115ac6a99d42730773/IOC-VP-Brazils-Olympic-preparations-are-worst-I-have-ever-seen.jpg
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 29 (UPI) -- International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates delivered a damning report on Rio's preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics, saying they're the "worst I have ever seen."

Coates told delegates at an Olympic forum in Sydney that construction had not started on some venues, infrastructure was majorly delayed, and water quality was already a concern.

In an unprecedented move, Coates said the IOC would be forming a special task force to help with preparations but said the situation was still critical on the ground.

"The IOC has adopted a more hands-on role, it is unprecedented for the IOC but there is no plan B. We are going to Rio. We have become very concerned, they are not ready in many, many ways. We have to make it happen and that is the IOC approach, you can't walk away from this," said Coates.

Coates was paraphrased to have said that it is worse than preparations in Athens in 2004, which were plagued with construction and service delays that were only pulled together just in time.

Follow @AileenGraef and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year
2
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
3
Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours
4
Comic-Con cosplayer sexually assaulted, beaten and left in gutter
5
Utah man teaches 'homophones', fired for promoting gay agenda
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback