Rio 2016 Preparations of Critical Concern: Coates11 September 2013
2016: Being elevated to IOC Vice President is obviously not going to change John Coates.
Before the champagne corks popped to celebrate his election, Coates’ mind was on the next big challenge for the Olympic Movement... Rio.
The 2016 Olympic host is lagging behind in its preparations, so much so there are now serious concerns being expressed publicly by senior IOC officials including Coates.
“Our biggest challenge is Rio. There is a little over two years to go and there is still so much work to be done. We are all concerned, it is not impossible, but they desperately need a more concerted effort with some of the infrastructure projects and venues,” Coates, who sits on the 2016 Coordination Commission, said.
Coates will serve a four-year term as Vice President and he will remain in the role of AOC President. He will also remain President of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
His priorities have not changed.... they remain the fight against doping in sport and match fixing.
“I will be stepping up now and will be given new tasks by the new President and we’ll see where that takes me.”
Coates was elected unopposed at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires as German Thomas Bach on the election for IOC President, Tokyo won the 2020 bid and wrestling was re-instated to the programme for 2020/2024.
Mike Tancred in Buenos Aires
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