Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio de Janeiro Organising Committee, has promised that the 2016 Olympic Games will leave “one of the great legacies” for the city, the country of Brazil and the continent of South America.
Speaking to Laureus ahead of today’s ‘One Year To Go’ celebrations in Rio, he said:
“There is a lot of emotion that the year has come. The adrenalin is very high. The Games will be ready and will be a great success.
“This is a historic moment. Sport will change Rio and will change our land and South America. Only sport can do this. The first Olympic Games on this continent will offer youth social programmes that will open a great door. The Games will be a celebration, a transformation and a gift to the youth of Brazil.”
Carlos Nuzman was joined in Rio by Laureus World Sports Academy Member Nawal El Moutawakel, who is Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s 2016 Co-ordination Commission, and IOC President Thomas Bach.
“The Rio Olympic Games can be unique by showing the vibrancy of the city and of the people. I am so keen to wait for August 2016 to experience this fantastic human adventure.”
Carlos Nuzman paid tribute to the role that Nawal has played.
“She he is a great person, a great human being, a great Olympic champion, a great Chair of the Co-ordination Commission. She knows the work and she is supportive and gave us all the ideas and recommendations that we needed. She is a fantastic person, in the right place for the right moment.”