2012 Olympics

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach walks out of the waters of Barra de Tijuca beach during a meeting with current and former Brazilian Olympic athletes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. With the Olympic games being almost a year away, Bach played on the beach and bathed in the water, even after and AP investigation showed that all Olympic water venues had dangerously high viral levels, according to water safety experts who reviewed the data. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

“We want to show that we are capable of doing things on time, that Brazil is not a country where everything ends up over budget, everything ends up late,” said Paes, speaking over occasional bursts of construction racket at the Arena Carioca 3, which according to the presentation is 98 percent completed.


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“I get that fact that everybody would love us to just sort of say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ today, and I appreciate the fact that the timing in all of this is frustrating,” Baker said at a news conference, where he fielded several questions about Boston 2024.


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“Whether China or Kazakhstan wins the honor … the IOC will face an extreme test of its new commitment to improve human rights protections,” Minky Worden, Human Rights Watch director, said. “The International Olympic Committee should insist that the host country rigorously comply with the Olympic Charter and basic human rights rules — or risk losing the right to host the games.”


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Switzerland's Dario Cologna crosses the finish line to win the gold during the men's 15K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

With the mercury hitting 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) at the mountain-top venues, Swiss skiers earned goal medals in both the men’s classical-style 15-kilometer race and the men’s super-combined slalom


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