Brazilian President pledges 'total commitment' to Olympic Games in Rio 2016

25 Feb 2015
IOC News

IOC President invites President Rousseff to the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia and to run with the torch.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach held extensive talks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia on Tuesday. President Rousseff again pledged full support for the Games from 'every level and ministry of her government as well as from State and City authorities'.

The pair also discussed the great legacy the Games will leave not just for Rio de Janeiro but for all of Brazil.

President Rousseff praised the transparency and good governance being shown by the Organizing Committee under the leadership of Carlos Nuzman and welcomed the fact that all three levels of government could have a member on the Organizing Committee's Board leading to greater transparency and cooperation. She praised the great dynamism being shown by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and the great dedication shown by the Rio State Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão.

President Bach praised President Rousseff for "taking leadership on the government side."

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

"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 BRL 3 billion. All the 250,000 people who applied to be volunteers will receive English courses and work training."

The two leaders also discussed the Olympic Truce Resolution which will be debated by the UN General Assembly later this year.

Later, other members of the delegation joined the talks. The President was accompanied on the visit by President of Rio 2016 Carlos Nuzman, Brazilian IOC member Bernardo Rajzman and IOC Director General Christophe de Kepper.

Later in a press conference, joined by Sports Minister George Hilton, President Bach explained how all Brazilians can participate in the Games through the many events taking place around the city like the marathon, the triathlon, rowing and the swimming marathon.

"Every Brazilian can be a real part of the Olympic Games in Rio," added the President.

Finally, the IOC President invited President Rousseff to the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia, and the pair discussed running with the Olympic torch.

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