- 01 Sep 2005
- IOC News
A Brazilian visit for the IOC President
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge spent a few days in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), chaired by IOC Executive Board member, Mario Vázquez Raña.
The 2007 Pan-American Games - a great legacy for Brazil
During his first visit to Brazil as IOC President, Jacques Rogge flew over several venues under construction for the Pan-American Games, which will be organised in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro. After visiting the Pan-American Village and the João Havelange Stadium, the IOC President said he was extremely impressed: “The Rio 2007 Pan-American Games will be incredible and will leave a great legacy in terms of sports infrastructure.” He added: "I am pleased to see that PASO thinks the same way as the IOC as regards the legacy that a multi-sports competition can leave to the host country ".
Olympic Gold medal to Rodrigo Pessoa
Another special moment for President Rogge was the awarding of the Olympic gold medal to horseman Rodrigo Pessoa. "I know Rodrigo Pessoa, who lives in Belgium. It was as if I were awarding a medal to a Belgian horseman, " said Rogge. Rodrigo Pessoa inherited this Olympic title further to the disqualification of Ireland’s Cian O’Connor, whose horse, Waterford Crystal, tested positive at the Athens Games.
A presidential meeting
The IOC President ended his visit to Brazil on 1 September in Brasilia when he met the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Minister of Sports, Agnelo Queiroz, together with PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña and the President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and of the Organising Committee for the 2007 Pan-American Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, who is also an IOC member.