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Olympic officials to discuss lagging preparations for 2016 Rio Games

April 09, 2014|By David Wharton

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee begins a two-day meeting in Belek, Turkey, on Wednesday with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games expected to be a major topic of discussion.

Preparations for the Games have been hampered by delays, budget worries and seeming chaos between various levels of government in Brazil. More than 2,000 workers at the Olympic Park construction site have gone on strike and clashed with security personnel.

Rio officials met with leaders from various international sports federations at the SportAccord convention in Turkey this week. The talks did little to ease concerns and IOC President Thomas Bach assured that the issue will be further scrutinized.

“We share the concerns of the [international federations], and we will address them this afternoon when we meet with the organizing committee and mayor,” Bach told Around the Rings.

Officials have not ruled out the possibility of resorting to a "Plan B" that might entail moving competitions to another location.

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