January 7 - Rio 2016 has confirmed International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach will travel to Brazil to receive the latest updates on preparations for the Games.
In what will be his first visit to Brazil since taking over the IOC Presidency last September, Bach is due to meet the nation's President, Dilma Rousseff, on January 21 in the capital city Brasília, while he will also meet Games organisers and both state and local officials.
After the IOC expressed concerns about the pace of construction work last year, particularly for the main Olympic Park and a smaller venue area in north Rio de Janeiro, Bach is likely to cast a reminder that there is no time to waste in the months ahead.
Rio 2016 has yet to announce an operating budget - although the cost is rumoured to be about $15 billion (£9 billion/€11 billion), while lagging local sponsorship sales and pollution in waters that will host Olympic events are other concerns.
This comes after Olympic sailors competing in Rio last year described Guanabara Bay - the venue for sailing at Rio 2016 - as "a sewer" and the filthiest body of water they had ever tried to navigate.
"The purpose is to ensure seamless cooperation between all stakeholders and to tell the Brazilian authorities the IOC is fully committed to the success of these Games," Bach said last month on the subject of Rio 2016.
"They have reported that there is good progress being made, that the Organising Committee is working well, and that on the other hand there is no time to lose.
"The IOC is ready to ensure this seamless cooperation between all the stakeholders."
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