Bach visits Rio for first time as IOC President
Thomas Bach today visited the 2016 Olympic Games host city of Rio de Janeiro for the first time as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). During his visit, which followed his meeting yesterday with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Bach toured the Games venues, met with local leaders and addressed the Rio 2016 staff. He was joined on the visit by IOC Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel; IOC Member in Brazil, Bernard Rajzman; and the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Carlos Nuzman.
Speaking after the visit, Bach said: “The Rio 2016 venues will be a magnificent backdrop for the sporting exploits of the athletes in 2016.
And I was also impressed to hear about how Rio 2016 is being used as a catalyst by the city and region to improve the quality of life for many local people, as they use the fixed deadline of the Games to deliver numerous infrastructure improvements that will serve the people for generations to come.”
President Bach’s day began with a breakfast meeting with the heads of Rio 2016’s marketing partners, whom he thanked for their continuing support for the Rio Games and explained the power of the Olympics to bring people together and drive positive change in local communities.
The IOC President was then given an overview of the main venues of the Rio Games, including the Olympic Park, the Olympic Village, Deodoro, Marina da Gloria, Copacabana, the Rio 2016 golf venue, Sambódromo, the João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Maracaña, and Lagoa. Following his tour of the venues, the IOC President met with Rio Governor Sergio Cabral and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to discuss the development of the Rio project with the local political leaders and to hear about how the Games were helping Rio to fulfil its long-term development objectives for the city and region.
Bach’s visit to the city ended with a meeting with Rio 2016’s Board of Directors and Executives, and an address to the entire Rio 2016 staff followed by an informal question and answer session.