Rio de Janeiro mayor expects all venues to be ready for 2016 Olympics
Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes said all venues are expected to be ready for next summer's Olympic Games, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Paes, along with International Olympic Committee member Carlos Nuzman, announced the news during a presentation in Rio on the construction progress of Olympic venues.
“We are literally making a miracle happen here,” Paes said.
Last year, IOC vice president John Coates called Brazil’s preparations for the games “the worst I’ve experienced.”
Both Paes and Nuzman also fielded questions about the situation involving the water pollution surrounding Rio after an AP study recently revealed the existence of dangerous viruses in all of the host city's water-related venues.
As a result, the World Health Organization has since asked the IOC to monitor the viruses by testing them periodically throughout the next year.
The 2016 Olympic Games will take place between Aug. 5 and 21 of next year.
- Kayla Lombardo