Olympic officials have quickly stepped forward to slam a British newspaper report that London was secretly asked about taking over the 2016 Summer Games for struggling
The London Evening Standard wrote Friday that, with construction delays and civil unrest plaguing Brazilian preparations, the
"Not a shred of truth to it," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told the Associated Press in an email.
Amid widespread speculation about a last-minute shift of venue, Adams added that moving the Games at this point is "simply a non-starter -- totally without foundation and totally unfeasible."
IOC officials have taken a number of emergency steps to help Rio. They have established task forces and sent Gilbert Felli, a highly placed executive, to Brazil.
The Evening Standard reported that the IOC informally approached London officials "to discover whether enough venues from the triumphant