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The Olympic Games Rio 2016 – the first to be held in South America – were amazing and spectacular. We learnt a great deal during the IOC Observer Programme and it was a privilege to listen, learn and gain invaluable insight during a live Games scenario.
We witnessed incredible performances by Olympians who are and always will be the heartbeat of the Games. They can look back with honour and pride at their incredible achievements and their outstanding dedication and commitment to sport and the spirit of Olympism.
The city and the cariocas captured the hearts and minds of millions of sports fans around the world. The people of Rio de Janeiro inspired us with their passion, love of life and pride in their stunning city. Their warm hospitality and eternal enthusiasm – as rich and colourful as the stunning Rio scenery – carried on by thousands of joyful volunteers was truly infectious.
It was fantastic to see the celebrations at Club France and the uniting of two cultures to create an amazing fusion of “Parioca” spirit. It was wonderful to see local children playing sport with French Olympians, bringing the true Olympic spirit to the heart of Rio.
Rio really did live up to its reputation… Cidade Maravilhosa – a marvellous Games in “the Marvellous City”. At Paris 2024, we are now all proud “Pariocas”.
* Text, images and illustrations provided by Paris 2024