Rio de Janeiro severely behind schedule for 2016 Olympics

Garbage is seen near a fishing boat on Fundao beach in the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates has called Brazil's preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games "the worst" he has ever seen and critically behind schedule.

Attending an Olympic forum in Sydney, Coates told delegates that construction had not commenced on some venues, infrastructure was significantly delayed and water quality was also a major concern two years out from the Games.

He warned, however, that there was no "plan B" to find another host.

"I think this is a worse situation than Athens," said the Australian, referring to preparations for the 2004 Games, which were plagued by construction delays.

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