POSTED: August 13th 2015
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Olympics: IOC Coordination Commission praises Rio 2016 on successful teamwork and progress

(L-R) Rio 2016 President, Carlos Nuzman with Nawal El Moutawakel and Christophe Dubi of the IOC at the Olympic Golf Course © Rio 2016 / Alexandre Loureiro
(L-R) Rio 2016 President, Carlos Nuzman with Nawal El Moutawakel and Christophe Dubi of the IOC at the Olympic Golf Course © Rio 2016 / Alexandre Loureiro

Nawal El Moutawakel takes a selfie inside the Olympic Aquatics Stadium © Rio 2016 / Alexandre Loureiro
Nawal El Moutawakel takes a selfie inside the Olympic Aquatics Stadium © Rio 2016 / Alexandre Loureiro

President Nuzman at the Future Arena © Rio 2016 / Alexandre Loureiro
President Nuzman at the Future Arena © Rio 2016 / Alexandre Loureiro

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission finished its ninth and penultimate meeting in Rio, yesterday (August 10-12, 2015). The Commission praised the teamwork between the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee and its local government partners to successfully deliver the first pre-Games test events.

IOC Coordination Commission Chair, Nawal El Moutawakel stated, "With less than one year to go until the opening of the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, we have been delighted with the unity of spirit and mission that is driving 'Team Brazil' to deliver a successful first wave of test events...This common desire to succeed is manifesting itself through excellent test events held in Olympic venues, as well as in operations that are receiving praise from athletes and International Federations alike...The work to deliver important infrastructure and social legacies like the venues, public transport improvements, and educational initiatives continues at full speed. I for one believe that people will certainly speak of a Rio de Janeiro before the Games and a Rio de Janeiro after the Games."

During last week's one-year-to-go event, Brazil President, Dilma Rousseff participated, which showcased the integration and unity between the different government bodies and Rio 2016. The unity and integration continued to be shown during the Commission meetings as all levels of government were represented. Rio Mayor, Eduardo Paes and Rio Governor, Luiz Fernando Pezão both solidify their commitment to delivering a successful Games in 2016. The Brazilian Olympic Committee also joined the meetings were they shared their plans to prepare a competitive home team for the Games and to extend the elite sporting legacy of the 2016 Games to future editions.

President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman commented, "This was the most important Coordination Commission that we have had so far. I say this because of the advanced state of our preparations and the ever-increasing integration between the IOC, Rio 2016 and our partners in the federal, state and city governments."

During their visit, the Commission visited the Olympic golf course and the Barra Olympic Park, which gave them a chance to appreciate the significant progress made since their last visit in February. Also apparent was the Games legacy, as the Commission entered the Future Arena that will be dismantled after the Games and turned into four schools.

In addition, the Commission learned about various programs that will impact millions of lives and leave a positive Games legacy. They heard about such programs as the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Transforma education program, which will reach around 7 million children nationwide, and the program to provide 10,000 free English courses to taxi drivers in Rio.

The Commission was also given updates by the organizers and their partners in areas including athlete and National Olympic Committee (NOC) services, media operations, transport, the Paralympic Games, technology, sport and International Federation (IF) services, and marketing.

The Coordination Commission will make their final visit next year. Until then, the Rio organizers will continue to receive support from the IOC with expert and Project Review visits.

** 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.


Keywords · Rio 2016 · Olympics · Paralympics · IOC · Coordination Commission · Summer Games


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