International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president, John Coates, has toned-down his criticism about the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro’s preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Coates had described the situation in the host city as the “worst”in his 40-year experience.
But the Australian has now moved to defuse tension with a new statement insisting the city could deliver an “excellent”.
“I want to underline I still believe the Rio organising committee and the people of Brazil can indeed deliver an excellent Games,” he said in a statement.
Coates has made six trips to Rio as part of the commission responsible for overseeing the preparations.
On Tuesday, he said construction had not started on some venues, infrastructure was significantly delayed and added that the city had “social issues that need to be addressed”.
“Rio 2016 is addressing the specific concerns of the 17 international federations that were raised with the organisers at a meeting in Turkey in April regarding their venues and the progress overall,” he added.
The IOC chief, said the body has taken “unprecedented” step by embedding experts into the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to ensure the Games go ahead as planned.