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article image2016 Summer Olympics: Preparations not going as planned in Rio

By Larry Seely     Apr 29, 2014 in Sports
Rio De Janeiro - With just two ore years until the beginning of the Summer Olympics in Rio, IOC vice-president John Coates and his staff aren't impressed with the preparations in the South American country.
While attending a forum on the games in Sydney, Australia, Coates announced that the infrastructure in place and government involvement is the worst he has seen, but a bigger problem for the IOC is no backup plan is in place if things are fixed in the near future.
Coates did tell those in attendance that a special task force has been created and put in place to help with all the work that still needs to be completed. The IOC won't move the games and are prepared to do whatever it takes to get the games going as planned, but concerns still remain.
One of the biggest issues is the safety and well being of all the players headed to Brazil. Several social and economic issues with the host city, including the residents and their unhappiness with the money being spent while the economy isn't very strong.
Brazil is also under the gun with the hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the fact military intervention was needed in February to control the local gangs and criminals isn't a good start for a country that needs all the good PR it can get as they look to build tourism and get back to being one of the best holiday spots in the world.
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