Rio ready to host Olympic Games, says IOC

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Rio de Janeiro has over­come set­backs and is “ready to wel­come the world” to the 2016 Olympics, says the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

Nawal El Moutawakel, who heads the IOC group mon­i­tor­ing the prepa­ra­tions, has made her fi­nal visit to Brazil af­ter trav­el­ling there reg­u­larly since 2009.

There have been fears over Rio’s readi­ness be­cause of build­ing de­lays, the Zika virus and po­lit­i­cal crises.

But El Moutawakel said the Olympic venues are “ready for ac­tion”.

The Games run from 5-21 Au­gust.

Eco­nomic prob­lems have seen ini­tial plans scaled back and con­cerns over unfinished build­ing work were still be­ing ex­pressed last month.

Mean­while, a coastal cy­cle­way built for the event col­lapsed in April.

There was con­cern over the water qual­ity at the Gua­n­abara Bay sailing venue af­ter tests re­vealed high lev­els of bac­te­ria and viruses, and two sailors claimed to have con­tracted in­fec­tions from the water.

New pipes have since been in­stalled, and the IOC said water qual­ity lev­els are “much im­proved”.

It added: “The velo­drome and eques­trian venues, which were be­ing mon­i­tored closely by the or­gan­is­ers, are also in the fi­nal stage of prepa­ra­tion, and will be ready for the Games.”

Photo: AP

Team Nige­ria's Noah Akwu (L), Ja­maica's Usain Bolt (C) and United States' Isiah Young (R) cross the fin­ish line in a men's 200m heat dur­ing the the 2012 Olympics on Au­gust 7, 2012.

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