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IOC warn Rio organisers against 'further slippages'

The International Olympic Committee's co-ordination commission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sent a clear message to the organisers that "every second counts" after wrapping up its sixth visit to the Brazilian host city yesterday.

With just over two years to go until the Games opens on August 2016, the commission indicated in a statement that a "constant, concerted and integrated effort is required for the successful delivery of the Games and its legacy".

"The Rio 2016 Olympic Games have a great potential for being a very exciting event which leaves many legacies," IOC co-ordination commission chair Nawal El Moutawakel said.

"But, although progress is being made, each decision that is postponed and each subsequent delay will have a negative impact on delivery. Total focus and dedication are therefore required."

The commission acknowledged the progress made in a number of areas since its last visit in September 2013 and IOC president Thomas Bach's visit in February 2014.

These included the finalisation of the overall venue masterplan, the validation of Rio 2016's lifetime budget and the integration of the federal government's efforts under president Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff, Aloizio Mercadante.

DECISIONS

A number of important decisions remain to be made, however.

On March 27, a meeting between the federal authorities and key Games stakeholders will take place in Brasilia, where it is expected that the responsibilities for each Games-related project will be clarified along with the associated funding in order to avoid further significant delay.

Assessing in detail the progress of all the venues in the Barra and Deodoro clusters, the commission warned that there was now "no margin for any further slippages".

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 organising committee, added: "We enter this crucial phase of our journey without a minute to lose."

The commission will return to Rio de Janeiro in September this year.


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