Rio 2016 president says venues 80 percent ready

Rio De Janeiro, Dec 11 (IANS) The president of the organising committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Carlos Nuzman, stated on Thursday that almost 80 percent of the construction of the venues were complete.

“The venues will be delivered without any problems. They are now almost 80 percent ready, which few cities in the world have accomplished,” stated Nuzman in an interview Brazilian news portal, Globo Esporte.

Nuzman and Rio 2016 CEO, Sidney Levy, are both in Lausanne this week to report the progress being made in Rio to the International Olympic Committee, Xinhua news agency reported.

Concerning the controversial question of pollution in Guanabara Bay, where the sailing event will take place, Nuzman told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the tests ordered by the World Health Organization have been “completed with respect.”

He reiterated that the bay will be in suitable conditions to receive the events, despite widespread alarm among environmental groups.

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