Olympic Commission Sees Progress in Rio Visit

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March 1, 2015

A high-level group of visitors saw solid progress during a three-day visit to a number of event sites in Rio de Janeiro, host city of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Making up the group were members of the International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission and Brazilian officials, including George Hilton, the Brazilian Minister of Sports; Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro; and Luiz Fernando Pezao, governor of the State of Rio. Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, was present for part of the tour.

Reports in recent weeks of pollution in the nearby waters and of construction being behind schedule were not discussed. What was mentioned was the Rio team's full commitment to meeting all timelines, including getting facilities ready for the three waves of test events planned for the next several months.

More than 8,300 athletes, including more than 1,200 Paralympians, will take part in 45 test events.

The first wave of test events are in July-October 2015. The second wave begins in November and runs through February 2016. The last test events run March-May 2016.

The Olympics run August 5-21.

Tickets are due to go on sale in March 2015. Applications for Olympic Torchbearers will open later in the year.

The IOC Coordination Commission will next visit Rio in August 2015.

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