The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have denied rumours in the British press that the Olympics could return to London in 2016 amid reports that preparations in Rio are “critical on the ground”.

Last month, IOC vice-president John Coates described the preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics as the “worst I’ve ever scene”, with the “situation critical on the ground”.

However, the IOC have denied that it has made an informal approach to London 2012 Olympic bosses about the possibility of the Games moving to London if the situation doesn’t quickly improve, which was reported in the Evening Standard newspaper on Friday.

The AP reports that IOC spokesman Mark Adams described the rumour of a London approach false, but such a move may also be impossible at such a late stage, with only two years before the opening ceremony.

A number of the London venues were partially temporary and have been dismantled, moved, and scaled back as part of the London 2012 legacy programme, with organisers looking to avoid the fate of some previous Olympic host cities left with huge empty stadiums.

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