POSTED: October 30th 2012

Rio 2016: Michael Phelps vows to return for the next Games as a fan

Rio chief Carlos Arthur Nuzman and USA champion Michael Phelps / RIO 2016
Rio chief Carlos Arthur Nuzman and USA champion Michael Phelps / RIO 2016

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

October 30 – The world’s most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps made his first visit to the Rio 2016 headquarters to take in the sights for the next summer Games. In spite of the fact that Phelps has retired from swimming he still plans to attend the Games and watch the competitions.

Phelps assured Rio chief, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, that he wouldn’t miss the first South American Games and even took time out to visit the Complexo do Alemão sports centre and gave a swimming lesson to young people in the community inspiring them to follow in his footsteps.

Phelps said, “I am very eager to live the Games experience in Rio. This visit was short, but I hope it will be the first of many until 2016.”

Nuzman was grateful for the visit and the support, "Congratulations for all that you have done, not only for the swimming, but for the sport and the Olympic Movement. I hope you may be back in Rio and enjoy our Games.”

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