Coe: Rio to be 'fantastic' and also a 'challenge'

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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 12:07 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Seb Coe has several messages for Carlos Nuzman, his counterpart heading up the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Visiting Olympic construction sites on Tuesday, the head of the 2012 London Olympics warned that the games will draw lots of attention — some it unwanted.

And even the best organized Olympics like London or Beijing in 2008 require last-minute work. Rio has already been criticized for delays with questions about costs and legacy.

Coe says: "We were still mowing lawns in the Olympic village the day before the opening ceremony. ... These will be fantastic games, but don't be surprised that this is a challenge."

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