Photo: 2016 Rio Olympic Village
The Rio 2016 Olympic organizing committee has just emerged from meetings where it reported its progress to-date to international monitoring organizations.
Carlos Nuzman, the president of Rio 2016, said: “We are absolutely on target according to the schedule set by the International Olympic Committee, working in close collaboration with the federal, state and city governments, and building a highly qualified team to deliver the Games.”
The committee noted the construction of the Olympic and Paralympic Village is under way and renovation of the cities ports have also began. The progress report confirmed that 17 new hotels are slated to be built.
The largest international soccer organization FIFA is involved in the monitoring since Brazil is hosting another major international affair – the 2014 World Cup. Many of the Rio city upgrades will be used first for the World Cup then for the Olympics.
While praise has been coming in for the 2016 Olympics preparedness there has been criticism from FIFA and concern that Brazil can not pull it all off.