Rio's Olympic Planning 'Worst' I've Ever Seen: IOC Official

But 'there is no plan B': vice president

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 29, 2014 6:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Brazil's efforts ahead of the 2016 Olympics are "the worst" International Olympic Committee VP John Coates has "ever experienced," he says. Construction of some venues hasn't even started, Coates notes, and IOC officials have been forced to join local organizers to plan the Games. The "hands-on role" is "unprecedented for the IOC, but there is no Plan B. We are going to Rio," he says, per the BBC.

Coates says that in terms of planning, these Olympics are "worse than Athens" in 2004, which also experienced delays. Among the issues are infrastructure delays, water quality concerns, and "social issues that need to be addressed" in Rio de Janeiro, he notes, via the Australian Olympic Committee. Staffers are inexperienced, and "no one is able to give answers at the moment." But "if it comes off—the first (Olympic) Games on the South American continent, in a magical city in so many ways—it'll be a wonderful experience for the athletes," he adds, per the AP.

In this April 3, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates delivers a speech in Tokyo.
In this April 3, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates delivers a speech in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
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