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Rio 2016 officials have responded by calling for an end to such talk.
"The time has now passed when general discussions about the progress of preparations contribute to the journey towards the Games," the organizing committee said in a statement. "It is time for us to focus on the work to be done and on engaging with society."
Olympic officials also seemed to backtrack a bit.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams told insidethegames.biz that troubleshooter Gilbert Felli, sent to Brazil to help solve some of the problems, has made headway.
"Mr. Felli has received a very positive response on the ground in the past few days, and a number of recent developments show that things are moving in the right direction," Adams was quoted as saying.