IOC chief 'very satisfied' with progress for Rio 2016

Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:05pm EST
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has said he is "very satisfied" with Rio de Janeiro's preparations to host South America’s first Olympic games in 2016.

Bach's upbeat comments came just 10 months after IOC vice-president John Coates described Brazil's organization as the "worst ever".

That prompted the IOC to create a task force to more closely oversee preparations.

"I am very satisfied," Bach told reporters in Copacabana on Tuesday.

Bach flew to the Brazilian capital Brasilia to meet President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday afternoon and will return to Rio for meetings of the IOC's executive committee.

Although local officials are concerned that the planned new metro line is behind schedule –- as well as the fetid state of the water where the sailing events will take place -- the Rio state governor brushed off those worries.

"Some delays are normal and they always happen with the Olympics but they are nothing to worry about," Luiz Fernando Pezao said.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Via Gaier, writing by Andrew Downie, editing by Ed Osmond)

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach attends the opening of the 127th IOC session in Monaco December 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard