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IOC: Let’s work together for Rio 2016, not dwell on the past

Now is not the time to discuss the past, but to cooperate in order to deliver outstanding Games in 2016, said the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, in response to the interview that the head of the Rio Olympics Organizing Committee had given to Kathimerini 10 days earlier.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman had said in reference to criticism by IOC members on Rio’s preparations that the only way to progress is teamwork and that he counts on the support of the committee.

In a statement to Kathimerini the IOC explained it has moved in order to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games in two years’ time are held without problems: “Working together with our partners in Rio we have put in place a number of measures to support the Games.

 

“These measures include dedicated joint task forces with the organizers; recruitment of a local construction manager; creating a high-level decision-making body bringing together the IOC, government and all key partners of the project; and more regular visits by Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli,” stated the IOC.

It added that the signs are good and things are looking up in Brazil: “Mr Felli has received a very positive response on the ground in the past few days, and a number of recent developments show that things are moving in the right direction.

“Now is a time to look forward to work together and to deliver great Games for Rio, Brazil and for the world, and not to engage in discussion of the past. We continue to believe that Rio is capable of providing outstanding Games,” concluded the IOC in its statement to Kathimerini.