The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission saw solid progress being made during its eighth visit (February 23-25) to the 2016 host city of Rio de Janeiro. Sports venues are taking shape and numerous engagement initiatives like ticketing, volunteering and the Olympic Torch Relay are up and running.

Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel noted: “The advancements made on both the Barra and Deodoro Olympic Parks were very encouraging. With 21 test events planned for this year and a significant number of the worldâ??s best athletes coming to Rio to try the venues, Rio 2016 will have a lot to deliver while still preparing for the Games. She said organisers had â??an intense year ahead, filled with thousands of detailsâ? that will need to be dealt with. â??They will also need to ensure that the venues are delivered in time to host the test events. The golf course, velodrome and equestrian cross-country venues all have very aggressive timelines that will need to be met over the coming months.â?

During the meetings, the Commission highlighted a number of areas of focus for the local organisers, including accommodation and transport, where a significant amount of work needs to be completed this year to ensure that the Games experience is delivered at the highest level for the athletes, participants and spectators.