POSTED: April 9th 2009

Brazil heads down the IOC road

Athletes' Commission with President Nuzman / Image: COB
Athletes' Commission with President Nuzman / Image: COB

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: Leaders of Rio de Janeiro's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games have sought to demonstrate their loyalty to the IOC by setting up their own athletes' commission.

Created under the auspices of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, the 19-member commission is being charged with representing the interests of Olympic athletes, encouraging female participation in sport, and supporting the development of youth education through sport.

First president is Bernard Rajzman, who won a silver medal for volleyball at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Vice-president is Hortência Macari, world basketball champion in Australia in 1994, and bronze medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

The commission is completed by Álvaro Affonso Miranda Neto (equestrian), Cesar Cielo (swimming), Daiane dos Santos (gymnastics), Giovane Gávio (volleyball), Gustavo Borges (swimming), Gustavo Kuerten (tennis), Hugo Hoyama (table tennis), Isabel Clark (snowboarding), Janeth Arcain (basketball), Marcelo Ferreira (sailing), Marta Vieria (football), Natália Falavigna (taekwondo), Robert Scheidt (sailing), Robson Caetano (track and field), Rogério Sampaio (judo), Sandra Pires (beach volleyball) and Vanderlei Cordeiro (marathon).

These athletes, between them, won 30 out of a total 91 Olympic medals won by Brazil.

Rio bid president Carlos Nuzman said: "This is an historic moment and the achievement of a longstanding aspiration of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. We ennvisage the commission playing a fundamental role in developing sport in Brazil.”

Keywords · Brazil · Rio de Janeiro · Rio 2016 · IOC

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