POSTED: January 21st 2014

IOC President Bach updated with Rio 2016 progress by Brazilian president

IOC chief Thomas Bach and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff / Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR
IOC chief Thomas Bach and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff / Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met at the Palacio do Planalto in Brasilia Tuesday to discuss the country’s commitment to the successful delivery of the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

“This was a very positive meeting and the President offered her strong commitment to the project,” Bach said. Rousseff summarised new measure being taken to support Games preparations during the meeting. “The Organising Committee has been making good progress in the past few months, so I came to this meeting with confidence, and with the committed leadership of President Rousseff herself I am more confident than ever. With her dynamism she will ensure the close cooperation of all levels of government and stakeholders.

“And it’s clear that the Games can deliver a great deal in terms of concrete legacy and social benefits. Olympic venues will be turned into school after the Games, Rio’s transport infrastructure will be transformed, and the Olympic principles of non-discrimination and anti-racism will help to build cohesion here in Brazil.

“We wanted to impress on the President that the schedule is now incredibly tight and all levels of government need to work together to make the Games a success. President Rousseff understood this.”

International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel, International Olympic Committee Member in Brazil Bernard Rajzman, Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, Rio 2016 Organising Committee President and International Olympic Committee Member Carlos Nuzman and Rio 2016 Chief Executive Officer Sidney Levy were also in attendance at the Palacio do Planalto.

This marks the first trip Bach has taken to the host country of the next Summer Games since his election as International Olympic Committee president, a trip which will continue Wednesday with meetings with Rio 2016 partners and staff and visits to Games venues.

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