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Olympics 2016: IOC Reviews Rio De Janeiro Final Preparations

Travelers Today       By    Joseph Peter Capaque

Updated: Jun 03, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

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Cristo Redentor Rio de Janeiro 2016
Cristo Redentor in Brazil.
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Two months from now, Rio de Janeiro will open Olympics 2016. The International Olympic Committee board still has a lot of issues to hurdle.

Last week, scientists warn Brazil of Zika outbreak affecting the event, suggesting postponement. World Health Organization said the suggestion has no public health justification.

Dilma Rousseff was suspended as Brazil president because of an impeachment trial complaint with Michel Temer currently acting as president.

Brazil is facing a bad economic recession, resulting to slashing of budgets for Olympics 2016.

External issues are positive drug results in the past Summer Games, government-encouraged drugging in Russia, and vote-buying regarding Tokyo's Olympics 2020 hosting win.

The issues will be tackled one by one when the board sits down for a three-day meeting on Wednseday in Lausanne. It will be the last meeting in the place. The next meeting will be at Rio the night before the Games' opening on August 5.

Rio organizing head Carlos Nuzman will be presenting his update on Thursday regarding the country's preparations.

Brazilian organizers assure IOC leaders that Rio de Janeiro is ready for Olympics 2016, amidst economic, political and health concerns, stating that issues about the Zika outbreak, construction delays, and political turmoil will be solved before the opening.

Rio de Janeiro is doing its best to be a good host. It has now the Barra Olympic Park facility that will be one of the official home of the event. The triangular tract is located near Jacaperagua Lake.

"We are confident the games will take place and will be very successful," IOC representative Mark Adams assures everybody. This will be South America's first time to host the large event.

Meanwhile, the bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games is open. Four contenders, Los Angeles, Rome, Paris, and Budapest vie for the coveted responsibility. They have to convince IOC officials that they have the right facilities and resources for the Games. The final decision will be announced in September 2017.

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