USOC Visit Rio to see Progress of 2016 Games

August 18, 2011

The United States Olympic Commitee (USOC) chief Larry Probst together with the secretary general, illness Scott Blacmun and Carolina Bayon, International relations director visited Rio De Janiero to inspect the work firsthand for the Rio 2016 Games.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Rio 2016 president, showed the USOC team around the site as well as delivering a briefing about the Rio Games.

Nuzman said, “I am pleased that with five years to go to the Olympic Games we could show our friends from the USOC the progress we have already accomplished. We are looking forward to collaborating with them through our preparations and welcoming the United States athletes in 2016.”

On the first day they had meetings at the Organising Commitee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) offices and were briefed on the vision for the Games, the legacy projects as well as the Olympic village and the commercial program.

USOC chief Probst noted, “This trip was a unique opportunity for us to see all that the Rio 2016 team has accomplished in the two short years since their selection. I’d like to congratulate Carlos and his staff for the extraordinary job they’ve done and thank them for their gracious hospitality. The Games are in good hands.”

USOC put forward Chicago in the bid to host the 2016 Olympics but Rio won out and will become the first South American country to host the games. The visit in the long run will help USOC with further bids and understand the needs to host a Olympics.