sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rio preps 'worse than Athens' says IOC Vice President + Video
Rio preps 'worse than Athens' says IOC Vice President + Video

'AOC President John Coates'   

The Australian Olympic Committee President and International Olympic Committee Vice President, John Coates, has described Rio’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics as 'the worst I have experienced' and 'worse than Athens' (2004).

Coates, who has made six visits to Rio as a member of the IOC Coordination Commission responsible for overseeing Games’ preparations said today the IOC has been forced to take 'unprecedented' action embedding IOC experts in Rio’s Organising Committee to ensure the Games proceed.

Attending an Olympic Forum in Sydney he told delegates construction has not commenced on some venues, infrastructure is significantly delayed and water quality is a major concern just two years out from the Games. 'The city also has social issues that need to be addressed'.

'The IOC has formed a special task force to try and speed up preparations but the situation is critical on the ground. The IOC has adopted a more hands on role, it is unprecedented for the IOC but there is no plan B. We are going to Rio' he said.

Among the IOC Taskforce sent to Rio is a construction project manager.

'We have become very concerned, they are not ready in many many ways. We have to make it happen and that is the IOC approach, you can’t walk away from this, ' Coates said.

Australia’s new Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, addressed the coaches and performance leaders attending the Campaign Rio Forum. He told those gathered 'he bleeds for the green and gold on the sporting field' and he was a bigger sports tragic than the former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard.

'Australians take enormous pride in our sporting accomplishments, we celebrate the success of our athletes very loudly' he said. 'We are tough, fit and strong and skilled and we play fairly. Sport shows we are a peaceful nation'.

Campaign Rio, a partnership of the Australian Institute of Sport/Australian Sports Commission, Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian Paralympic Committee, has set a goal of a top five finish on the medal tally in Rio. 'I support the initiative' Sir Cosgrove said 'we admire our athletes and we appreciate their sportsmanship because win or lose we want to be proud of those representing our country and wearing our national colours'.



AOC website


by Mike Tancred, AOC


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=121660

2:01 PM Wed 30 Apr 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games

Related News Stories:

30 Apr 2014  IOC vice-president calls Rio 2016 preparations 'worst ever seen'
27 Apr 2014  ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - The Tale of three B's
23 Apr 2014  ISAF World Sailing Cup: Generational 'Game-On' in 49er Fleet at Hyeres
22 Apr 2014  Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres
19 Apr 2014  Olympic stars inspire next wave of hopefuls at the RYA Youth Nationals
18 Apr 2014  ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - GBR sailors ready for battle
18 Apr 2014  Why the 49er class is pushing hard to get finals format changed +Video
18 Apr 2014  Finn Lynch moves one step closer to realising Olympic dream
18 Apr 2014  ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Providence Team IRL ready for action
17 Apr 2014  ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team ready for action
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World







Soling North American Championship concludes on Lake Erie by Canadian International Soling Association,






































Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,


















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,




ISAF Sailing Worlds - Caleb Paine through to Finn medal race + video
ISAF Worlds - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 Rio 2016 spots taken
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Women's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Scott all set to lift Finn world title
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Men's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Aussies and Austrians claim 470 gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight   
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded   
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard   
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT