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Plan B: London For the 2016 Summer Olympics?

The Telegraph reports:

IOC chiefs ‘make secret plea’ to use London 2012 venues as Rio 2016 Olympic Games fall behind schedule

An informal approach has been made by IOC chiefs to ascertain whether enough of the London 2012 Olympic venues could be brought back into use, report claims

So worried are Olympic organisers by how far behind schedule the 2016 Rio Games has fallen, London has reportedly been asked, in secret, if it could host the event at the last minute.

According to the London Evening Standard, an informal approach has been made by IOC chiefs to ascertain whether London’s 2012 Olympic venues could be brought back into use.

The build-up to the Rio Games has been labeled a shambles, with every venue badly behind schedule, spiraling costs and accusations of negligence.

IOC vice-president John Coates has already called Brazil’s preparations “the worst I’ve experienced”, with just two years to go and a football World Cup to host in between.

An “unprecedented” special task force has been set up to try and speed up preparations but the situation on the ground is said to be “critical”.

Actually, allowing cities who win bids to host back-to-back Olympics might make more economic sense than the current model.

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