Rio ready to host Olympic Games, says IOC
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.”
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.