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Brazil has been under the spotlight for the more immediate concern of the soccer World Cup finals starting in June.
Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes said the city "has to accept the criticism and work hard.
think this is a worse situation than Athens," said the Australian, referring to preparations for the 2004 Games, which were plagued by construction delays.
Amid problems with stadium construction, labour unrest and security in other parts of the country, thousands of troops were deployed to Rio's slums in February to wrest them back from the control of drug gangs and criminals.
"We continue to believe that Rio is capable of providing outstanding Games."
The first Games on the South American continent have been plagued by delays, rising costs and bad communication between different levels of the Brazilian government and organisers, prompting criticism from international sports federations.
"And this is against a city that's got social issues that also have to be addressed; a country that's also trying to deal with the FIFA World Cup coming up in a few months.
"In Athens, we were dealing with one government and some city responsibilities. Here, there's three.
"Mr Felli has received a very positive response on the ground in the past few days, and a number of recent developments show that things are moving in the right direction.
"It's the worst that I've experienced."
Attending an Olympic forum in Sydney, Coates told delegates that construction had not commenced on some venues, infrastructure was significantly delayed and water quality was also a major concern two years out from the Games.
"The time has now passed when general discussions about the progress of preparations contribute to the journey towards the Games," Rio 2016 said in a statement. They also urged the IOC to get behind the city.
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Coates has made six visits to Rio as a member of the IOC's coordination commission.
"These measures include dedicated joint task forces with the organisers, recruitment of a local construction manager, creating a high level decision making body bringing together the IOC, government and all key partners of the project, and more regular visits by Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli," the IOC said in a statement.
"The support of the International Olympic Committee is also crucial," the statement added.
The IOC announced a series of measures earlier this month to kick start lagging preparations.
"We have an historic mission: to organise the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil and in South America. We are going to achieve this. In 2016, Rio will host an excellent Games that will be delivered absolutely within the agreed timelines and budgets."
RIO DE JANEIRO International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates has called Brazil's preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games "the worst" he has ever seen and critically behind schedule.
"Now is a time to look forward to work together and to deliver great Games for Rio, Brazil and for the world, and not to engage in discussion of the past.
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test events were scheduled to start this year.
Although Rio organisers boasted the same number of staff as London's two years before the 2012 Games, they lacked experience, Ralph Lauren Baby Shoes Uk
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"There is little co ordination between the federal, the Prada Ankle Boots Sale state government and the city which is responsible for a lot of the construction.
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