RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games are on track and facilities are set to be delivered on time, the mayor of host city Rio de Janeiro said on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference, Mayor Eduardo Paes said the main hurdles to preparations had been overcome and there should be no problem meeting deadlines if work continues at the current pace.
“It’s never a comfortable situation, but things are quite up-to-speed,” Paes told reporters in Rio. “We have full control of the process now.”
Brazil’s preparations for the 2016 games have been under scrutiny, especially after the country’s preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ran over budget and down to the wire.
Olympic organisers are facing other challenges besides construction, however.
Scientists at a Rio de Janeiro research institute have found what they call a new “super-bacteria” that is resistant to antibiotics in the waters where sailors will compete in the Olympic sailing events.
More than half the water that flows into Rio’s Guanabara Bay is sewage and organisers have vowed to reduce that amount by 80 per cent by the time the events start in August 2016.
Paes told reporters the cleanup falls under the responsibility of the state government and did not provide further details.