Rio making `very good progress`: Sergey Bubka

Rio de Janeiro is making "very good progress" catching up with delays in preparations for the 2016 Olympics, top IOC member Sergey Bubka said Friday.

Rio making `very good progress`: Sergey Bubka

Monaco: Rio de Janeiro is making "very good progress" catching up with delays in preparations for the 2016 Olympics, top IOC member Sergey Bubka said Friday.

Some facilities such as television studios for the event will still be handed over to the International Olympic Committee three months behind schedule, however, officials said.

The IOC set up a special task force because of concerns over the Rio Games and vice-president John Coates said in April that preparations were behind "in many, many ways".

Bubka told reporters ahead of IOC executive discussions on the 2016 Games that the last co-ordination commission visit in September "went very well".

"There is very good progress and everyone is focused for the preparation of Rio 2016," said Bubka, a former champion pole-vaulter and one of the 15 members of the IOC executive.

"We are very positive, (there was) very good progress," Bubka said of the seventh co-ordination commission visit during which President Dilma Roussef showed the IOC members the Olympic park in Rio.

However, Brazil has put back the handover of the Olympic television studios to October 31 next year, Olympic officials said.

The studios and other facilities should be handed over one year before the August 5 start of the Olympics in Rio.

IOC co-ordination commission chairwoman Nawal El Moutawakel and the Rio organising committee were to make reports to the IOC executive in Monaco later Friday.

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