By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After calling Rio de Janeiro’s Olympics preparations the ‘worst’ seen by the event’s organizers earlier this year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) praised the city’s progress this week, during its three-day visit to the city.

IOC Chair Nawal El Moutawakel said at the end of the tour that Commission members were satisfied with the progress that had been in Rio made since their last visit. “We remain confident that, despite a very tight schedule, our Brazilian partners will deliver successful Games.”

According to IOC officials, "the . . .

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