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IOC concerned at Rio 2016 progress

ESPN staff
December 5, 2012
The Maracana Stadium is set to host the opening and closing ceremonies © PA Photos

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympics that "time is ticking" amid concerns that preparations are behind schedule.

With the land expected to be used for the golf course still embroiled in a legal dispute, the hockey arena location yet to be determined, and changes to the rugby venue, there are some concerns that preparations have fallen behind schedule.

Organisers briefed the IOC executive board on their preparations, and with Sidney Levy set to take as chief executive from Leonardo Gryner in January, the IOC has urged all parties concerned to continue attacking the project with "all vigour".

"Our message remains: There is time, but time is ticking, and they need to carry on attacking this one with all vigour," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.

However head of the organising committee Carlos Nuzman, says there is no cause for concern.

"We are in a very good, comfortable situation," he said. "It's important we work as a team - the IOC, the organizing committee and the government. I think we are in a very good way."

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