Rio 2016, the most perfect imperfect Games: IOC

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By Karolos Grohmann

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The Rio de Janeiro Olympics may not have been perfect but organizers exceeded expectations given the political and economic situation in the South American country, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday.

Rio, the first Olympic host city on the continent, had to grapple with a protracted political crisis, the worst recession in more than 80 years and a string of organizational problems due to a lack of cash.

The run-up to the Games was an obstacle course for local organizers and the IOC had to put up hundreds of millions of dollars of its eventual contribution before the start of the Olympics to help out.

The Games' anti-doping program was also affected by a lack of funding amid a widening Russian drugs scandal while venues were hit by problems including water quality in pools and a virtual absence of branding around the Olympic park due to issues with banner suppliers.

"From an operational point of view everything worked," the IOC's Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi told reporters. "Were they perfect? No.

"But with the results we can really take our hat off (to Rio organizers). It is amazing what they delivered considering their standpoint," he said.

Dubi said the IOC was satisfied with the Rio Games especially with athletes' performances that yielded 100 world and Olympic records and brought several countries their first medals and with global coverage which beat past records.

"We are right on target when you consider the money that was spent for these Games," Dubi said.   Continued...

 
2016 Rio Paralympics - Closing Ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/09/2016. Performers take part in the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes