IOC, IPC Inspect Rio 2016
Chair Nawal El Moutawakel and Executive Director of Olympic Games Gilbert Felli lead the Coordination Commission. (Rio 2016)
(ATR) The international Olympic and Paralympic committees inspect Rio de Janeiro’s progress for the 2016 Games this week.
On Monday, the IOC Coordination Commission began its three-day inspection of the Olympic host city. A venue tour is planned for June 5, and a press conference is scheduled for June 6 at the Copacabana Hotel.
Missing the trip is IOC member Sergey Bubka. The pole vaulting great, who is also president of the Ukraine National Olympic Committee, is staying home to organize an extraordinary general assembly of the UNOC, dealing with the aftermath of a ticket selling scandal with his former secretary general.
A total of 17 people sit on the Coordination Commission, chaired by Nawal El Moutawakel. This is their third official visit to Rio.
In a statement, the IOC says “numerous” issues will be discussed such as: “athlete and National Olympic Committee services, sport and International Federation services, the Paralympic Games, marketing, and venues.
“This will allow the Commission members to gauge the progress of the Rio 2016 Games preparations since its second visit in June 2011 and see how Rio plans to advance during the coming year.”
For its part, the International Paralympic Committee staged its third Executive Project Review with Rio 2016 on Sunday.
IPC representatives in attendance were Governing Board member Jose Luis Campo, Chief Executive
Officer Xavier Gonzalez and Paralympic Games Integration Director Thanos Kostopoulos. Brazilian Paralympic Committee President and IPC Governing Board member Andrew Parsons was also on hand.
“Overall the IPC is pleased with Rio 2016’s progress and a lot subjects were covered during the day long Executive Project Review,” Campos said in a statement.
The Coordination Commission hunkers down inside the Copacabana Hotel. (Rio 2016)
“The Organizing Committee is under no illusions that the eyes of the world will switch to Rio following the conclusion of this summer’s Paralympic Games and they must be prepared to face even greater levels of scrutiny than before.”
Written by Ed Hula III.
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