POSTED: March 3rd 2015
NewsUpdate

450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro welcomes IOC President Bach

IOC President, Thomas Bach and Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff / IOC Ian Jones
IOC President, Thomas Bach and Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff / IOC Ian Jones

Ribbon cutting ceremony / IOC Ian Jones
Ribbon cutting ceremony / IOC Ian Jones

IOC President, Thomas Bach receives 1 March Medal / IOC Ian Jones
IOC President, Thomas Bach receives 1 March Medal / IOC Ian Jones

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) At the end of a week-long trip to Rio, the upcoming Olympic Games' host city, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach met with Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff for the second time during his trip.

The two came together to cut a ribbon for the opening of a new tunnel in the port area of Rio. Part of the urban renewal plan, this tunnel will revitalize the Porto Maravilha area and reconnect it to the rest of Rio.

Also in attendance was Rio State Governor, Fernando Pezao, Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, Brazilian IOC Member, Bernard Rajzman and President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Carlos Nuzman. 

This comes after President Rousseff had already pledged her and the government's full backing of the Games. During the city celebration, held later the same day, she stated that Rio would be the center of the world for two weeks during "the biggest sporting event in the world."

In addition, those who have made a contribution to the city of Rio received the "1 March Medal," which included ordinary members of the public and local celebrities. IOC President, Bach was also awarded the honor.

** 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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