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IOC calls report Rio could lose Olympics after World Cup, to Moscow, ‘pure fantasy’

May 12, 2014, 8:29 AM EDT

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A second report in four days suggesting the 2016 Olympics could be moved from Rio de Janeiro due to preparations delays has been dismissed by the International Olympic Committee.

“It is pure fantasy,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said in an email.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday that Moscow is being considered as a replacement for Rio as host of the 2016 Olympics, citing an unnamed IOC source.

The agency also said a decision on if the Olympics will be moved from Rio will be made after the Brazil World Cup (June 12-July 13), again citing an unnamed IOC source.

On Friday, the Evening Standard in Great Britain reported London had been secretly asked if it could host the 2016 Olympics.

“The transfer of the Olympics to London is possible,” the IOC source said, according to RIA Novosti. “I think the procedure will be like this: the IOC will wait for the results of the World Cup and how they will hold it, and will take a decision after, if no progress is made.”

The IOC spokesman said there was not a shred of truth in the London report Friday.

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