Bach: IOC sending troubleshooter to Rio next week

Updated at: 04/13/2014 7:57 AM
STEPHEN WILSON

(AP) BELEK, Turkey - BELEK, Turkey (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach is sending a senior troubleshooter to Brazil next week as part of a series of urgent measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Bach says Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, is being dispatched to Rio several months earlier than scheduled to help deal with the construction holdups and political paralysis that is putting some sports venues at risk.

The International Olympic Committee is also sending several task forces to Brazil and urging the country to set up a special high-level decision-making body for the games.

Bach says "we believe that Rio can and will deliver excellent games if these appropriate actions are being taken now."

He stopped short of excluding the games being taken from Brazil if progress is not made.

Asked whether he could categorically state the Olympics would be held in Rio, Bach said: "What I can categorically say is we will do everything we can to make these games a success."

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