Rio's Olympic Planning 'Worst' I've Ever Seen: IOC Official
But 'there is no plan B': vice president
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2014 6:41 AM CDT
In this April 3, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates delivers a speech in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

(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.

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cornelison
Apr 30, 2014 2:59 AM CDT
It's all about money and politics. Their concerns for the athletes is secondary. The whole thing is a turnoff.
Rembrandt_Q_Einstein
Apr 29, 2014 7:13 PM CDT
I'm sure another bribe to the IOC will turn that into a glowing recommendation.
Ezekiel 25:17
Apr 29, 2014 7:06 PM CDT
Ah shucks, they can just compare it to Sochi and its all good. I mean you had yellow water from the taps and in the toilets. I'm talking about 8 toilets lined up side by side in the open with no dividers or doors. And how about the 19th century Loos in the hotel rooms. How about the open breaker service panels in the showers. Then there's the unfinished floors, well lack thereof. How about the ski teams from all over Earth who decided to take a nap on the ice instead of even trying to return to their motel rooms that were more like gulag cell blocks. Russia said, "Hey, they are here to compete, not sleep." Maybe they should have had it in Brazilia. I'm just saying that because I remember when we studied Brazil in college. The professor said to forget Rio, go to Brazilia. Then came the movie, "Blame it on Rio." I couldn't wait to get there to see a topless Michelle Johnson and Demi Moore.