IOC President Bach to meet Rousseff about Rio 2016

IOC President Thomas Bach to meet Brazilian President Rousseff, organizers about Rio Olympics

IOC President Bach to meet Rousseff about Rio 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- IOC President Thomas Bach will meet in two weeks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and organizers of Rio's 2016 Olympics to remind them there is no time to waste as they prepare for South America's first games.

Rio de Janeiro Olympics organizers said Tuesday that Bach would meet Rousseff on Jan. 21 in the capital Brasilia. It was not immediately clear if he would meet Rio organizers -- and state and local officials -- before or after that meeting.

The IOC has expressed concerns about the pace of building, particularly for the main Olympic park and a smaller venue area in north Rio.

Also, organizers have yet to announce an operating budget, local sponsorship sales are lagging, and pollution is a major problem in waters that will host Olympic events.

Updated : 2021-03-02 23:24 GMT+08:00