IOC Shows Confidence in 2016 Olympic Games Organisers
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) finished its fourth round of inspections of the Rio 2016 Olympic sites on Wednesday (February 20) with a show of confidence in the games organisers. This was the IOC's first visit to Rio since telling officials in November that time was ticking and preparations needed to speed up. But on Wednesday, both the IOC and Brazilian officials appeared confident that all the Olympic venues will be ready on time.

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SHOWS RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (FEBRUARY 20, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IOC OLYMPIC GAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GILBERT FELLI, SAYING: "We will observe what happens during the World Cup because it's important, as we did for the Carnival, because we were happy to see how the city works when we have got a big event, and of course, as Madam Nawal said as we can see here, it will be ready for the Confederations Cup." STORY: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) finished its fourth round of inspections of the Rio 2016 Olympic sites on Wednesday (February 20) with a show of confidence in the games organisers. This was the IOC's first visit to Rio since telling officials in November that time was ticking and preparations needed to speed up. But on Wednesday, both the IOC and Brazilian officials appeared confident that all the Olympic venues will be ready on time. Briefing the media on Wednesday, the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli, said his organisation will be keeping a close eye on how the city handles FIFA's Confederations Cup tournament, in July, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. "We will observe what happens during the World Cup because it's important, as we did for the Carnival, because we were happy to see how the city works when we have got a big event, and of course, as Madam Nawal said as we can see here, it will be ready for the Confederations Cup," Felli said. He was referring to the former Moroccan hurdler Nawal El Moutawakel who is heading the coordination commission for the Rio games. The IOC's next visit to the 2016 Olympic sites will be in June.