POSTED: July 10th 2014

Bach: Brazil has a positive attitude about the 2016 Games

IOC President Thomas Bach / SFC
IOC President Thomas Bach / SFC

CHAD WISE and LAURA WALDEN in LAUSANNE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board finished its three-day meetings Wednesday with updates from IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Nawal El Moutawakel and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, including its president, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, on the status of the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games preparations.

There were reservations about Rio being ready for the Games in just two years after reports of failing deadlines and construction delays, as well as an overall feeling of disdain from the local population regarding hosting duties. International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach reiterated the city’s commitment to hosting the Games and being ready for when the Games of the XXXI Olympiad commence.

“We can see there is a cooperative dynamism in their preparations,” he said at a press conference Wednesday. The mayor and the governor have taken action of the government on site and are making progress at different venues.”

Grass has been laid on the golf course for the sport’s first inclusion on the Games Programme, while construction of the Olympic Village and Barra Olympic Park are moving forward according to plan.

Two of the three Bus Rapid Transit lines are currently in use and the new metro line will open on schedule. Five hundred schools have begun the Rio 2016 education programme, which will leave a lasting legacy of promoting the Olympic Values through sport.

The first test events for the Rio 2016 Games will be held this August and the IOC is confident the city will be prepared.

“This is like before every Olympic Games,” Bach said. “It’s about the venues, first of all; that we keep this dynamism and the venues are getting ready in time also for the test events. This is the major issue to address now, to be in time, to respect the schedule.”

Even after the host country was knocked out of the World Cup in detrimental fashion earlier in the week, Bach said the Brazilian population had a “positive attitude” for both the World Cup and the Games. 

“After each defeat there is a new victory,” Bach said. “I’m sure they will embrace this opportunity.

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