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IOC vice-president backtracks on Rio attack

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IOC vice-president John Coates on Thursday backtracked on his scathing criticism of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic preparations, insisting the city could deliver an "excellent" Games as he moved to defuse tensions. 

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President John Coates, pictured in Tokyo on April 4, 2014, backtracked on his scathing criticism of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic preparations, saying the city could deliver an "excellent" Games

"Following my statements about the upcoming Games in Rio I want to underline that I still believe that the Rio Organising Committee and the people of Brazil can indeed deliver an excellent Games in 2016," he said in a statement.

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