POSTED: August 17th 2011
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USOC: Probst and Blackmun visit Rio 2016 to learn more about the Olympic plan

(L to R) Once competitors now Larry Probst and Carlos Arthur Nuzman compare notes on hosting the 2016 Games during a two day visit to Rio / Rio 2016
(L to R) Once competitors now Larry Probst and Carlos Arthur Nuzman compare notes on hosting the 2016 Games during a two day visit to Rio / Rio 2016

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/RIO: USOC chief Larry Probst together with the secretary general, Scott Blackmun and international relations director, Carolina Bayon, just completed a two day visit to Rio de Janeiro to view firsthand the city’s works in progress of the Rio 2016 Games.

Rio 2016 president, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, welcomed the USOC team and took them on site visits and delivered a briefing about the Rio Games concept and overall layout.

Nuzman said, “I am pleased that with five years to go to the Olympic Games we could show our friends from the USOC the progress we have already accomplished. We are looking forward to collaborating with them through our preparations and welcoming the United States athletes in 2016.”

On the first day they had meetings at the OCOG offices and were briefed on the vision for the Games, the legacy projects as well as the Olympic village and the commercial program.

USOC chief Probst noted, “This trip was a unique opportunity for us to see all that the Rio 2016 team has accomplished in the two short years since their selection. I’d like to congratulate Carlos and his staff for the extraordinary job they’ve done and thank them for their gracious hospitality. The Games are in good hands.”

The USOC bid Chicago in the bid race for the 2016 Olympics which ultimately went to Rio to host the first South American Games. The visit could be to better understand the Rio offer for the Games in case the USOC is considering jumping into the 2020 bid race.


Keywords · USOC · Larry Probst · Scott Blackmun · Rio 2016 · Carlos Arthur Nuzman


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