International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates says Brazil’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics are the ‘worst’ he’s ever seen.
Construction works on some venues in Rio have not even started prompting the IOC to take unprecedented action by placing experts in the local organising committee.
Rio’s test event department also came under heavy criticism from Coates.
Coates said: “From my experience it’s the worst that I’ve experienced, but again, we just have to make it happen, and that’s the IOC’s approach.
“We haven’t had to, as an IOC, send people in like this before. We’ve been struggling to get them to understand the problem. Test events are starting this year, and yet in the test event department there’s two people working, two people.”
Brazil will be the first South American country to host the world’s biggest multi-sport event.
But like its preparations for this summer’s world cup the country now finds itself in a race against the clock to be ready in time to host the event and the masses.