POSTED: March 2nd 2015
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IOC President Thomas Bach confident and inspired by Rio 2016

IOC President Thomas Bach was pleased with the outcome of the meetings in Rio de Janeiro / IOC Ian Jones
IOC President Thomas Bach was pleased with the outcome of the meetings in Rio de Janeiro / IOC Ian Jones

The IOC President took time to inspire some young fencers to enjoy his medal winning sport while he was in Rio / IOC Ian Jones
The IOC President took time to inspire some young fencers to enjoy his medal winning sport while he was in Rio / IOC Ian Jones

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A busy week of meetings for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Rio de Janeiro, ended yesterday. Those meetings included the first Executive Board meeting after Olympic Agenda 2020 was approved, the eighth visit of the Coordination Commission to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and talks between Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and IOC President Thomas Bach.

During the meeting between President Bach and Rousseff, the Brazilian President confirmed, not only her full commitment to delivering a successful Games, but the full commitment of all levels of government. She made it clear that all the Federal ministries will take every measure to ensure the Games are a success.

In addition, they talked about the positive legacies that the Games will leave in Brazil and Rio. Rio will be provided with a new, and much-needed, infrastructure by the Olympic Games. One thing to be provided is a metro line that will link the regions of Barra and Ipanema. This will improve the transport system in Rio, and benefit at least one million people in the region. Previously, those with access to public transportation in Rio were only 16 percent of the population.  That number will increase to 63 percent after the Games.

The most inclusive Olympic Games ever, Rio 2016 will have over seven million tickets available, in which 3.8 million will be sold for 30 USD or less. The lowest ticket price available will be 15 USD. Also, students and elderly will receive a reduction on top of that. Those who purchase tickets with a credit card, can pay in installments, thus making it more affordable. Some events will be free to the public, which will give many Brazilians a chance to access to the Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach stated, "There is really an impressive program in place for engagement and legacies surrounding these Games."

President Bach added, "The IOC EB discussed this in detail. The IOC wants to leave the Closing Ceremony not just saying goodbye and thank you. We want to leave knowing there is a great legacy plan in place for the Cariocas and for Brazil. We received excellent plans from the organizing committee and public authorities to use the Games as a catalyst for social and economic development in Rio and Brazil. So for Rio we have many reasons to be confident and we are in fact inspired by the legacy project. On the other hand, we have no reason to be complacent because we all know there is not a single moment to lose in preparations."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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