7 Feb 2014

Concern grows over Rio 2016

1:42 pm on 7 February 2014

Pressure on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics is continuing to mount after the International Olympic Committee said the city had no more time to waste and needed to win over the hearts of the Brazilian people.

Rio organisers have yet to start construction on their second Olympic park in Deodoro while Nawal El Moutawakel, the IOC's head of the coordination commission said there were still outstanding issues related to governemnt support.

She said work on the Deodoro park was confirmed to start in May 2014, just over two years before the Olympics.

The IOC was highly critical of preparations as recently as September.

Rio organisers also have to deal with the fallout from protests over the use of funds for big events including this year's World Cup.

More demonstrations have taken place since the start of the year.