POSTED: July 27th 2016
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IOC President Thomas Bach lands in Rio and heads straight for the Olympic Village

IOC President Bach meets with the German athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Village © IOC Ian Jones
IOC President Bach meets with the German athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Village © IOC Ian Jones

Breakfast with the team © IOC Ian Jones
Breakfast with the team © IOC Ian Jones

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman met President Bach at the airport © IOC Ian Jones
Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman met President Bach at the airport © IOC Ian Jones

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) This morning the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach landed in town to oversee the final preparations and his first request was to head directly to the Olympic Village from the airport. The Games will open in nine days (5-21 August) but first there will be political meetings taking place first namely the IOC Executive Board (30 and 31 July) and the 129th IOC Session (2-4 August).

Rio has endeavored for seven years for these moments and Bach was welcomed at the airport by the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman, and IOC Member in Brazil Bernard Rajzman. A dozen volunteers also were on hand to add to the welcome committee.

"There are high expectations for these Games because of the passion Brazilians have for sport and their joy of life," proclaimed President Bach. "We will have a great Olympic atmosphere a la Brazil here in Rio.

"Of course, just a few days before the Games start there are always a number of issues to be solved. The Brazilians will solve them, and you can already feel the Olympic energy here at the airport and in the city with all the smiling volunteers full of excitement. We are looking forward to great Olympic Games. As you know, we have always had confidence in Brazil and the Brazilians," he added. 

Already 129 delegations and 2,000 people have taken residence in the Village and there are 206 NOCs expected for the Games.

President Bach then sat down with the athletes for breakfast and said, "The Olympic Village will be fantastic.

"We have received assurances that the few remaining challenges will be overcome by Friday.

"The teams are in general very happy, the athletes are happy, they like the food, they like the Olympic atmosphere and you can feel the excitement building up."  

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency. 


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