President Bach takes part in a day of celebrations to mark the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro

The IOC President met Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for a second time at the end of his week-long trip to the next host city of the Olympic Games.

The pair cut a ribbon to open a new tunnel in the port area of the city, which is part of an urban renewal plan to revitalise the Porto Maravilha area and reconnect it to the rest of the city.

They were joined by the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, and Rio State Governor Fernando Pezão, along with the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Carlos Nuzman. Brazilian IOC Member Bernard Rajzman was also part of the delegation.

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President Rousseff has already pledged her and her government’s full support for the Games, and at the city celebration later in the day she told the audience that Rio would be the centre of the world during the two weeks of the Games, which were “the biggest sporting event in the world”.
At the celebrations, local celebrities and ordinary members of the public were awarded with the “1 March Medal” to honour those who had made a contribution to the city. Later the IOC President was also awarded the honour.

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