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Bach defends Rio’s Olympic legacy work

Bach defends Rio’s Olympic legacy work

By: SportBusiness International team

7 Aug 2017
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Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has said Rio de Janeiro should be given more time to deliver infrastructure that was promised as part of its Olympic Games legacy, following criticism of the Brazilian city’s progress on certain targets.

Rio hosted the Olympics and Paralympics last summer and the local organising committee had pledged to ensure venues and facilities were used and fully operational after the Games.

However, one year on from Rio 2016, many Games venues remain unused, while a new metro line does not extend to the main Olympic Park area of the city, as had been originally planned.

Speaking in London, Bach moved to defend Rio officials, citing the ongoing economic crisis in Brazil as one of the main factors that has hampered progress.

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