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IOC warns Rio it risks missing deadline for 2016 Games

The International Olympic Committee has sent a clear warning to the organisers of the Rio 2016 Games that "every second counts" after visiting the Brazilian city.

With just over two years to go, the IOC said that a "constant, concerted and integrated effort is required for the successful delivery of the Games and its legacy".

It added: "Although progress is being made, each decision that is postponed and each subsequent delay will have a negative impact on delivery. Total focus and dedication are therefore required."

ITV News' Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, who was at the news conference, tweeted:

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IOC presser re Rio 2016. Time + again say they have been "given assurances" that problems and delays in preparations will be resolved (1/2)

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Scepticism from assembled hacks. These sound v much like assurances given re preparations for World Cup. And that's dangerously late. (2/2)

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Protest by striking teachers turns violent in Rio

Masked demonstrators broke storefront windows and hurled petrol bombs in Rio de Janeiro last night after a protest by striking teachers turned violent.

A protester hurls a petrol bomb at the gates of the Municipal Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A protester hurls a petrol bomb at the gates of the Municipal Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The protest started out peacefully with at least 10,000 demonstrators occupying one of Rio's major downtown boulevards.

A protesters throws a missile amid clouds of smoke in the capital
A protesters throws a missile amid clouds of smoke in the capital Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Teachers have been on strike for better pay, but protesters were also angry at what they see as excessive use of police force on demonstrating teachers a week ago.

A bus burns after it was set on fire during demonstrations in the capital
A bus burns after it was set on fire during demonstrations in the capital Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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Brazilian protesters storm Congress building in Rio

Brazilian protesters descended on the National Congress building in the capital Rio de Janeiro last night although there were no reports of serious damage.

Photographs showed scores of protesters on the roof of the building at one stage and police had to use a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire on a window frame.

Police eventually managed to negotiate with protesters to leave the premises, it was reported.

A protester wades towards an open window in the National Congress building in Rio, Brazil
A protester wades towards an open window in the National Congress building in Rio, Brazil Credit: Reuters
Demonstrators stand in front of the building Credit: Reuters
Riot police guarding the National Congress building Credit: APTN

Rio's Olympic stadium 'closed due to roof problems'

The stadium that was due to host athletics in the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has been closed indefinitely following problem with its roof.

The safety issue at the Joao Havelange stadium also leaves the city without a major football stadium, since it was standing in for the Maracana stadium that is being renovated for next year's World Cup.

Artist's impression of how the Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro will look for the 2016 Olympic Games
Artist's impression of how the Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro will look for the 2016 Olympic Games Credit: REUTERS/Rio2016/Handout

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said that structural problems in the roof mean that it poses a potential threat to spectators in windy conditions.

He added that it was "simply not acceptable" for a stadium built just six years ago, and that those responsible would be held to account.

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