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IOC President confident Rio will deliver great Games and a great legacy

Rio de Janeiro. 31 July 2016. Source: IOC. Photo: IOC/Ian Jones. (IKKOSPORTS) - At his first press conference in Rio de Janeiro, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, expressed confidence in Games preparations and the positive legacy of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as the city prepared to welcome the world in just five days-time.

Things are coming together

'It's coming together," said the IOC President. 'When I arrived five days ago, I went straight to the Olympic Village. After talking to Chefs de Mission, NOCs and athletes I could sense a positive attitude and a great spirit. There has been a great deal of understanding with all the NOCs and athletes working together to make this village a success.'

A legacy already taking shape

'The legacy of these Games is also taking shape. I was at the inauguration of the Metro Line 4 yesterday that will serve some 300'000 passengers every day. The complete renovation of the Port Maravilla, in the historical centre of Rio, has created some 9000 jobs for the population. The handball venue will become four public schools. The canoe slalom will become a park in one of the poorest neighborhood in Rio. All this is summarized in a report that we received from a renowned foundation (Fundacao Getulio Vargas) which says that Rio, thanks to the Games, has enjoyed a greater and more equitable growth than any other city in Brazil over the last seven years', Bach explained.

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