Rio faces tough times but IOC upbeat about preparations


The Maracana stadium is seen between Turano slum (L) and Mangueira slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is confident next year's Games in Rio de Janeiro will not be compromised by the political turmoil and economic downturn in Brazil, although preparations have "inevitably" been affected.

The Rio Olympics have been plagued by delays for years but the situation is improving, the IOC said on Wednesday.

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