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IOC inspectors to deliver clear message: speed up

August 31, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC inspectors are sure to deliver a clear message to organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics when they arrive for a two-day visit: end delays and speed up.

For their part, Rio officials are expected to promise that preparations are on course after a late start. Privately, they’ll try to soothe concerns about a slowdown in landing local sponsorships and worries over hotel space and transportation. They’ll also have to answer questions about recent protests over big spending on major sports events like the Olympics.

IOC inspectors will be led by former Olympics hurdles champion Nawal El Moutawakel. They will be at work Sunday and Monday.

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