IOC Aussie VP calls a Spade a Spade on Rio preparations

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 01 May 2014


IOC Aussie VP calls a Spade a Spade on Rio preparations

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 preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are the 'worst' ever seen, according to International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates.

The Australian said the IOC has taken 'unprecedented' action by placing experts in the local organising committee to ensure the Games go ahead.

'The situation is critical on the ground,' he said.

He said that, in his opinion, this was 'a worse situation' than in 2004, when there were concerns about preparations for the Athens Games.

Robert Scheidt (BRA) in action at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca  © Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia / Jesus Renedo

In Hyeres Sail-World interviewed Brazilian six time Olympic medallist Robert Scheldt who has more to say on sailing on Rio's Guanabara Bay. We will publish that interview tomorrow.

Team Brunel training in Lanzarote, Spain  © Sander van der Borch / Team Brunel

Volvo Ocean Race - embedded reporters. The dedicated media program was launched with a fanfare last year ahead of Volvo 2014-15 and it's no secret that the teams have had trouble finding talent. Hilariously the Team Brunel went within 10% of the world 24 record on its very first offshore sail and the now sacked embedded reporter, wrote nothing on that amazing feat but filed a story on his post passage supermarket shop.

So it's a pleasure at last to read the daily reports from Corinna Halloran, on trial on board Team SCA as they blast across the Atlantic. She is a keeper!!

Onboard Team SCA during their first sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Route: Lanzarote - Newport.  Corinna Halloran - Volvo Ocean Race

Team SCA, the all Women crew, with its three Aussies along with semi-Australian Carolijn Brouwer are working hard. They are sailing legs of the race and will do lots more before the October start.

Chris Lewin (Another Challenge) received two CYCA trophies from Commodore Garry Linacre - Rolex Sydney Hobart Sydney 38 Division

  © Andrea Francolini Photography

We are reminded of Chris Lewin, the skipper of the 21 and under Sydney 38 crew who sailed south to Hobart in 2004. Largely discounted because he and his crew were inexperienced, they sailed to Hobart and back as part of their preparation and surprise surprise did well.

Australian Oliver Tweddell leads Finn fleet in Miami  Walter Cooper /US Sailing

Ahead of the Finn Europeans, just about to start in La Rochelle France, we will publish an interesting assessment from coach John Bertrand, the U.S. Finn silver medallist from 1984 of progress of the two Australian Finn campaigners Oliver Tweddell and Jake Lilley.

Lots more news from Australia and beyond...

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

Rio preps 'worse than Athens' says IOC Vice President + Video
Mike Tancred, AOC,
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).... [more]
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2014 - Coming back for more fun
Tracey Johnstone,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Womens crew blasting towards USA - Day 2
Corinna Halloran,
Team SCA are crossing the Atlantic Ocean bound for the USA. The all-female crew left their Spanish base in Lanzarote on Thursday, sailing to Newport in the USA. Onboard Reporter trialist Corinna Halloran sent us a report from the boat – and it sounds quite wild.... [more]
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Richard Gladwell,
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Mat Belcher and Will Ryan,
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Garda Trentino Olympic Week - World class action on the horizon
Elena Giolai,
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World Match Racing Tour - David Gilmour looks to continue tradition
World Match Racing Tour,
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Cronulla Sailing Club Short Course Regatta - Notice of Race available
J24 Australia,
Mick Reynolds from Slippery Fish has been doing a great job driving the organisation for a unique Queens Birthday Weekend Regatta at Cronulla. Designed to be a short course regatta, it will feature up to eight races over the long weekend, in either the wide blue ocean in Bate Bay, or perhaps in more sheltered Bundeena Bay if the weather is inclement.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Tightly fought battle
Clipper Ventures,
On Day 11 of Race 11 of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 it was a tightly fought battle which saw Jamaica Get All Right win the two ocean sprint bonus points by a clear 39 minutes ahead of its nearest competitor PSP Logistics, as the battle to be crowned winner of the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup continues.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Burling and Tuke take over the reigns in China,
The third regatta in the Extreme Sailing Series 2014 season gets underway this week at Qingdao, China. Official practice will be held later today. Racing starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday. Emirates Team New Zealand, returning to the series this year for the first time since 2011, is third overall after regattas at Singapore and Oman. Six regattas remain.... [more]
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Airlie Beach Race Week - Multihull march begins as entries trickle in
Tracey Johnstone,
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420 training in big conditions
Tim Grogan,
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Competition is getting fierce
Clipper Ventures,
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Raja Muda 25th Anniversary Edition
Jeffrey Harris,
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Mega Waves at Mega Multi, new Outremer on display, and more
Multihull Central,
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NEEL Trimarans continues to lead the industry in innovation
Kate Elkington,
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Doyle Sails NZ offers a great employment and career opportunity
David Duff, Doyle Sails,
Doyle Sails New Zealand is looking for experienced sailmakers to join our team. We require sailmakers with a minimum of two years experience with references. For the right candidates we are prepared to pay for flights to New Zealand in exchange for a commitment of six months.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA - Bound for the USA - Life on board - Day 3
Corinna Halloran,
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Robert Deaves,
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Club Marine supports the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard
Club Marine,
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 April 2014 + Video
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Richard Gladwell,
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Still far from decided
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, with less than a hundred miles now separating the entire fleet, Jamaica Get All Right's gamble to head further east is so far paying off as the team takes the lead in Race 11 - the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup winner Kyle Langford returns to Oman Sail
Oman Sail,
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Come from behind win for Peninsula Petroleum
RC44 Class Association,
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Aussies win 2014 Viper Asia Pacific Championships Takapuna NZ
Gavin Rietman,
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Etchells Winters Mooloolaba 2014 - The weight of numbers
Tracey Johnstone,
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