Rio Games Organizers vow Brazil will deliver Olympics 2016 'on time'
Amid criticism, the Rio Games organizing committee revealed that it would deliver the 2016 Olympics on time and prove its doubters wrong.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates said in an Olympic Forum in Sydney that construction had not started on some venues, infrastructure was significantly delayed and water quality was also a major concern two years out from the Games, although he later said that he was certain the city would be able to host a 'great' event.
In response to this critique, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the 2016 Rio Games organizing committee, said that bringing the Games to Brazil was an ambition that he had had for a long time and he was determined that they would deliver the Olympics with pride within the agreed schedules and budgets.
According to Stuff, the first Games on the South American continent have been plagued by delays, rising costs and bad communication between different levels of the Brazilian government and organizers, prompting criticism from international sports federations.
Reports have attributed that among problems with stadium construction, labor unrest and security in other parts of the country, thousands of troops were deployed to Rio's slums in February to wrest them back from the control of drug gangs and criminals.
Nuzman further added that transparency was the key theme in the project and the team had worked significantly hard together with the government partners to deliver robust and transparent budgets.
(Posted on 24-05-2014)