Led by International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel, an IOC delegation, comprising IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli and IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi, met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia during a visit to the host nation of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Speaking after the meeting, El Moutawakel said: “With London 2012 almost upon us, it will soon be Rio’s turn to be under the spotlight. It was therefore an opportune time for us to come and visit President Rousseff. She has always been a strong supporter of the Rio project and today’s meeting has underlined that once again. Indeed, the importance of these Olympic Games to the Brazilian people was evident throughout our discussions.”
Meeting on International Women’s Day, the two women discussed the progress of the Rio 2016 project, with President Rousseff reiterating her government’s strong support for the Games. Also attending the meeting were key Brazilian stakeholders in the Rio 2016 project, including Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo; Sergio Cabral, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro; Edouardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro; Márcio Fortes, President of APO; and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
El Moutawakel added: “The challenge in front of the Brazilian team is an impressive one, given the scale of the Games project and the immovable deadline of 5 August 2016. Rio 2016 and its partners continue to deliver successfully on their commitments but, as we have said since day one, there is not a second to waste. We have been reassured to see that the government support that we’ve seen since the bid phase remains strong, with all levels of the state continuing to work hand-in-hand with each other and with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to deliver great Olympic Games in 2016.”
Underlining the close cooperation between the three different levels of government and the Organising Committee, Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman noted how this collaboration was helping the Games to be delivered quickly and efficiently, while also allowing the city to undergo an impressive transformation. He said: “We are very pleased to be working with the three levels of government to make Rio 2016 an example to future Olympic host cities. I am certain that Rio de Janeiro will be the greatest example of transformation of a city in the history of the Olympic Games, and I have no doubt that the work we are doing together today will leave a tremendous legacy for future generations.”
The meeting took place at the Palácio do Planalto in Brasilia and coincided with the IOC's project review in Rio - a regular visit by the IOC Coordination Commission executive leadership and the IOC administration that is held between full visits of the Coordination Commission. During this visit, the Commission also took part in the announcement of the course designer for Rio's future Olympic golf course and visited Rio's athletes’ park and the Porto Marvilha development.
The next full visit of the Coordination Commission will be from 4 to 6 June 2012.