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Rio 2016 organisers defend progress
28 Jul 2014 13:01
Rio 2016 Olympic organisers have labelled criticism of their preparations by a senior IOC figure "as ill-informed and wrong" and said they are now on course to meet their targets.
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Australian IOC vice-president John Coates, a member of the co-ordination commission that monitors Rio 2016, said in April the preparations were the "worst he has experienced" and criticised staffing levels in the organising committee.
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Next week marks two years to go to the start of the Games, and Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada said "huge progress" had been made in recent months, and that the success of the football World Cup in Brazil boded well for Rio.
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He admitted that earlier criticisms from international federations had served as a wake-up call for the three different levels of government in Brazil, but that Coates' remarks had gone too far.
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Andrada told Press Association Sport: "Coates' message was ill-informed and bluntly wrong. Yes he is on the co-ordination commission but he had information that was wrong.
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"We are not the worst. We can prove that beyond any reasonable doubt.
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"One of his complaints was about staffing - that was not us being lazy or late but us humbly disputing with the IOC the need for more people at this point."
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