IOC chief says Rio making progress for 2016 Games

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, from Belgium, delivers a speech during a ceremony laying the cornerstone of the future Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, from Belgium, delivers a speech during a ceremony laying the cornerstone of the future Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010.

IOC President Jacques Rogge has praised Rio de Janeiro's preparations for hosting the 2016 Games.

Visiting the Brazilian city Wednesday to help lay the cornerstone for the future Olympic Village, the head of the International Olympic Committee says he's proud of what has been accomplished.

Rogge says the preparations for the 2016 Games — the first to be hosted in South America — are advancing well.

Construction of the Olympic Village will begin next month and produce buildings to house 17,700 athletes.

Rogge is in Rio to assess other aspects of the preparations and attend a New Year's Eve ceremony. The 2016 Olympic logo also will be unveiled.