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Friday, November 16, 2012
Jacques Rogge cancels Rio trip


LONDON -- IOC President Jacques Rogge has canceled a trip to Rio de Janeiro and will miss a key meeting on preparations for the 2016 Olympics. IOC spokesman Mark Adams tells The Associated Press that Rogge's doctors advised him to avoid the long flight following his recent hip replacement surgery. Adams says Rogge also wants to stay in Switzerland to monitor the cleanup of IOC headquarters in Lausanne following the serious flooding of the building caused by a burst water main. Rogge had planned to be in Rio this weekend for the official "debrief" after the London Olympics, a series of meetings in which British organizers pass on their experience to Brazilian organizers. Adams says Rogge's doctors told him to "cut back on long-haul travel following the hip operation to be on the safe side." London Olympic organizers are arriving in Brazil to pass on their knowledge to the hosts of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. The meetings come less than two months after nine Rio committee employees were fired for illegally downloading files from British organizers during the London Games. London officials will spend nearly a week in Brazil sharing their experience after seven years of preparations culminated in successful games just a few months ago.