POSTED: February 24th 2015
NewsUpdate

Brazilian President Rousseff reaffirms government support for the Rio 2016 Games

IOC President Thomas Bach and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met in Brasilia to discuss the Rio 2016 Games / IOC Ian Jones
IOC President Thomas Bach and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met in Brasilia to discuss the Rio 2016 Games / IOC Ian Jones

Thomas Bach and Dilma Rousseff / Rio 2016 Roberto Stuckert Filho PR
Thomas Bach and Dilma Rousseff / Rio 2016 Roberto Stuckert Filho PR

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday and she emphasized the government's support on 'every level and ministry of her government as well as from State and City authorities' for the first South American Olympics.

Bach thanked Rousseff for "taking leadership on the government side."

He took advantage of the meeting to invite her to the flame lighting ceremony that will take place in Olympia, Greece and to participate in a leg of the Torch Relay.

Bach was accompanied to Brasilia by chair of the Rio 2016 Coordination Commission and IOC Vice President Nawal El Moutawakel, President of Rio 2016 Carlos Nuzman, Brazilian IOC member Bernardo Rajzman and IOC Director General Christophe de Kepper.

They discussed the legacy for Rio 2016 and Bach said, "The Games will provide new infrastructure for Rio that will serve as a catalyst for growth in Rio and across the country.

"The Games will also be inclusive," he added. "Hundreds of small businesses are being integrated into the Games and being helped to bid for contracts worth more than 3 billion reals. All the 250,000 people who applied to be volunteers will receive English courses and work training."

President Rousseff also recognized the good governance of the organizing committee being led by Carlos Nuzman and the 'great dynamism being shown by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and the great dedication shown by the Rio State governor Luiz Fernando Pez√£o'.

They also discussed the Olympic Truce Resolution that will be up for discussion at the UN General Assembly later on in the year.

A press conference was held including Sports Minister George Hilton and Bach explained and encouraged Brazilians to come out and enjoy the events being held around the city. "Every Brazilian can be a real part of the Olympic Games in Rio," he added.

The Rio 2016 Games will take place August 5-21 next year and the Paralympics will follow September 7-18 right afterwards. 


Keywords · Olympics · IOC · Rio 2016 · Thomas Bach


For more information contact:
Laura Walden ()


All original materials contained in this section are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Sports Features Communications, Inc the owner of that content. It is prohibited to alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.