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JANEIRO Nike Air Force 1 Grey , Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Wednesday it is 'satisfied' with the state of preparations for the Rio 2016 Games.

IOC representatives completed a three-day visit of Rio on Wednesday, including an inspection of event venues and meetings with local officials.

"We leave Rio satisfied with the progress that has been made since our visit last March," The IOC's coordination commission chief Nawal El Moutawakel said.

"We remain confident that, despite a very tight schedule, our Brazilian partners will deliver successful Games."

The comments come less than six months after IOC vice president John Coates described Rio's Games preparations as "the worst" he had seen.

Among the venues visited by IOC officials this week were the Olympic Golf Course, Olympic and Paralympic Village Nike Air Force 1 White , Deodoro Olympic Park and Barra Olympic Park.

El Moutawakel said organizers had been buoyed by the success of the FIFA World Cup, held in 12 Brazilian cities in June and July.

"As we enter the final two years of preparations, we are able to see that the core works are progressing at full speed, particularly in venue construction, where we have been receiving solid development reports," she added.

"We were able to see first-hand the advancements being made. Rio 2016 has begun to engage in earnest with the public this winter and we were able to take stock of what has already been done.

"We were pleased to hear that this engagement will continue with upcoming events like ticket sign-up Nike Air Force 1 Black , the mascot launch, the Cultural Olympiad and test events."

No comment was made about the status of the Olympic golf course, which is mired in a legal dispute over claims it poses a threat to a nature reserve.

Organizers have planned 44 test events from July 2015 to May 2016.

The Rio Games - which will be held from August 5 to 21, 2016 - will be the first Olympics ever staged in South America.

Reform to build nation’s soft power via the world’s most popular sport

China will choose its new national soccer coach from 45 candidates from 18 countries to boost the nation's unprecedented reform of the game, an effort to build soft power via the world's most popular sport.

Former Chinese national coach Gao Hongbo and foreign coaches of national teams and international clubs have applied since the offer was announced on January 8, the Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday.

Among the high-profile applicants are Brazil legend Zico Nike Air Force 1 Red , Italian coach Cesare Prandelli, and former Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri.

"Foreign coaches are more competitive and tend to outperform their Chinese counterparts in tactics and directing skills," Ma Dexing, deputy editor of Changsha-based magazine Titan Sports, told the Global Times.

China needs a prestigious coach with convincing accomplishments so he can fully implement his ideas and tactics without unnecessary mistrust from the Chinese Football Association (CFA), Ma said.

The name of the new coach is likely to be announced as early as March 24 when China is to play the first of two remaining matches in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers Nike Air Force 1 Mens , according to Xinhua.

The constantly underachieving national team sacked former national coach, Frenchman Alain Perrin, on January 8 after a disappointing run of results - including a 1-0 defeat to Qatar - leaving its World Cup qualifying campaign hanging by a thread.

Better systems

"On the one hand, foreign coaches may take longer to adjust to China's training and management system. On the other, we also need a better system to evaluate coaches, instead of just firing them after defeats Nike Air Force 1 Womens ," Beijing-based sports commentator Wang Dazhao told the Global Times.

Sending domestic coaches and players overseas to learn from international soccer clubs would be a more sustainable move, as they can integrate world-leading ideas and tactics with the system in China, Wang added.

The nation saw its latest defeat in soccer on January 15 when it lost 1-3 against the Syria under-23 team at the AFC U-23 Championship in Doha, Qatar, renewing criticism as to why the world's second-largest economy cannot win over a conflict-stricken country.

China unveiled ambitious plans in March 2015 to create 50,000 soccer schools by 2025 Nike Air Force 1 , according to a Ministry of Education circular. The plan calls for a substantial increase in the number of young people playing soccer, with the number of "special soccer schools" raised to 20,000 after five years.

President Xi Jinping has reportedly attached great importance to soccer development and his overseas visits often involve soccer-related activities. Xi was presented with a jersey by David Beckham during a visit to the US in 2012 before he became Chinese leader. Xi also kicked a football at Croke Park in Dublin, the home of Gaelic football, during a visit to Ireland in February 2012, Xinhua reported.

There has been an increase in soccer-related programs and more live broadcasts of matches online and on TV. A reality show about young soccer players will be shown on China Education Television in June.

Pivotal sport

"Revitalizing soccer is a must to build China into a sports powerhouse as part of the Chinese dream. It is also what the people desire Cheap Air Force 1 ," said a statement issued last year by China's leading group of central reform, chaired by Xi.

No other sport has such global popularity, and a sport that has such a long history in China is also a significant battlefield for the country to build soft power globally, Luo Le, a Beijing-based sports commentator, told the Global Times.

"There is a sense of belonging and self-recognition gained from playing soccer. It's also a brand that China can introduce to the world without a language barrier or political disturbance Air Force 1 Sale ," Luo said.

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