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Rio making progress for 2016 Games: Rogge

30 December 2010

IOC President Jacques Rogge has praised Rio de Janeiro's preparations for hosting the 2016 Games.

Visiting the Brazilian city on Wednesday to help lay the cornerstone for the future Olympic Village, the head of the International Olympic Committee says he's proud of what has been accomplished so far.

Rogge says the preparations for the 2016 Games - the first to be hosted in South America - are advancing very well.

Construction of the Olympic Village will fully begin next month and will see 48 12-storey buildings going up to house 17,700 athletes.

Rogge is in Rio to assess other aspects of the preparations and also to attend a New Year's Eve ceremony that will see the 2016 Olympic logo unveiled.

AP