President Thomas Bach awards the Olympic Order to Rio 2016 organisers
An extraordinary Closing Ceremony last night brought to a conclusion 16 days of spectacular sport and competition in fantastic venues set against the breath-taking backdrop of Rio de Janeiro. This morning, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach hosted a thank-you breakfast for the organisers of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
During the gathering, Olympic Orders in gold were awarded to Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, and Eduardo Paes, Mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, while Rio 2016 Chief Executive Officer Sidney Levy received the Olympic Order in silver.
“These were marvellous Olympic Games in the cidade maravilhosa. The Olympic Games Rio 2016 have shown the best of the Cariocas and Brazilians to the world,” said President Thomas Bach.
The Olympic Games Rio 2016 have seen thousands of athletes inspiring the world with their exceptional performances, new Olympic and world records set, personal bests, moments of outstanding sportsmanship and great emotions at wonderful sporting venues. “My heart is full of gratefulness, my heart is full of thanks and my heart is full of admiration for all of you” added President Bach.
A number of other organisers were also awarded Olympic Pins for their contribution to the success of the Games.