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IOC plays down Rio problems


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IOC plays down Rio problems

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Organisers for the Rio Olympics have delivered on their promises, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said yesterday, playing down persistent problems that have plagued the first South American Games since the start.

Games organisers have had to deal with a seemingly endless list of issues affecting venues and infrastructure alike as the country grapples with its worst recession since the 1930s.

From the day of the opening ceremony on August 5, thousands of empty seats have been visible at many venues despite assurances from organisers they would be filled eventually.

Transportation in the traffic-clogged and crime-ridden city has also proved to be a permanent headache while signage around the stadiums and outside venues has been virtually non-existent. (Reuters)


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