Rio logistics a major problem, U.S. Official says

Tue Jul 5, 2016 11:15pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

Eugene, Oregon (Reuters) - The logistics of getting around in Rio de Janeiro could be a major problem for athletes at the 2016 Olympics, Max Siegel, chief executive officer of USA Track and Field, said on Tuesday.

Athletics officials were working closely with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to find ways of getting around the city's traffic problems, Siegel told a news conference.

"Frankly that is probably one of our biggest concerns of things that we don't have immediate control over," he said on a rest day for the U.S. Olympic trials.

Following a strategy used during the 2014 World Cup, Rio officials hope to reduce the amount of traffic by keeping cars off the road and through the use of special traffic lanes for Olympics visitors.

Some 260 kilometers (161 miles) of traffic lanes will be used to facilitate the movement of athletes and officials.

In March, Rio was declared the fourth most-congested city in the world by navigational device manufacturer TomTom.

USATF was also in close contact with the USOC and its infectious disease advisory committee concerning the Zika virus, he said.

"Most of our athletes have been focused on making the team. We haven't heard a lot but we have gone the extra step to make sure the information is available," he added.   Continued...

Feb 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; City of Los Angeles mayor Eric Gracetti (left) and USA Track & Field chief executive officer Max Siegel pose during a press conference prior to the 2016 U.S.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports