The members of a delegation from the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday expressed their satisfaction with Rio de Janeiro's preparations to host the 2016 Games and said they were confident that Brazil will meet the relevant deadlines.

The commission on Wednesday ended a three-day visit to the city, where delegation members were able to visit some of the future facilities.

The members saw "solid advances" in the preparations and said they felt satisfied with the progress so far but added that Brazilian authorities need "to remain vigilant and continue working hard so that the timetables are respected," delegation head Nawal El Moutawakel told a press conference.

This year will be "critical," she said, given that the projects to build the sports installations must be speeded up so that they can be tested at events prior to the actual Games.

El Moutawakel acknowledged the work completed so far by Brazilian authorities, whom she said had made "many decisions" thanks to what they had observed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The IOC's Gilbert Felli firmly stated that "the projects are not behind schedule" and that "what is being done (in the city) is enormous for the country's legacy." EFE