Rio 2016 President Nuzman Suffers Heart Concern

June 16, 2011

It has been confirmed that the President of Rio 2016 Carlos Nuzman has been taken to hospital after suffering from heart problems.

Rio’s Organising Committee said in a statement that the 69-year-old Nuzman, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), had checked himself into a hospital late on Tuesday, June 14, after a routine health exam showed an abnormal heart rhythm.

Detailed exams yesterday showed Nuzman’s rhythm had returned to normal and he was expected to leave the intensive care at the Samaritano Hospital, in Botafogo, later today, June 16.

A statement from the hospital read: “The patient arrived at the hospital on Tuesday at 21 hours, with a case of cardiac arrhythmia, and was taken to the ICU. At the moment, Nuzman is stable and we are performing a series of tests.”

A Rio 2016 spokesman said: “The heart arrhythmia clinical status is already reversed.”

Nuzman has been President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) since 1995 and was the driving force behind Rio’s successful bid to host the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, the first time the Games will be staged in South America.