IOC: 'Constant supervision' needed for Rio Games

February 06, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) The IOC says Brazilian organizers will need ''constant supervision and assistance'' to ensure they overcome delays in preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio organizers gave the International Olympic Committee a progress update Thursday, promising to deliver all projects in time.

IOC President Thomas Bach traveled to Brazil last month to urge the government and organizers to speed up.

Nawal El Moutawakel, the Moroccan who heads the IOC coordination commission for Rio, says ''significant and tangible progress has been made.''

But she adds that ''constant supervision and assistance will be required over the coming months.''

Bach said Rio organizers need to communicate better to the Brazilian public because ''there is a good story to tell.''

He told them: ''Back to work, there is no time to lose.''

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