Rio de Janeiro’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games received a boost when the Rio 2007 Pan American Games organizing committee presented its final report Thursday on the Rio 2007 Parapan Games to the Executive Council of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Beijing. A Rio 2016 press release said the document was received with praise and the IPC’s President Philip Craven classified Brazil’s achievement as “historic”.
It was the third time the Parapan Games have been staged, but the first time the competition was held in the same city using the same sports facilities and athletes’ village as the Pan American Games.
Craven said, “Rio de Janeiro’s initiative in staging the Parapan American Games straight after the Pan American Games, and with the same excellence, was historic. The success of the competition is an example for all continents to follow in the future”.
Rio 2016 senior officials are in Beijing where the Paralympic Games began Saturday. The group includes Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman. Also in Beijing are the President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee Vital Severino Neto, and the President of the American Paralympic Committee Andrew Parsons.
Nuzman said, “the IPC’s recognition of the Rio 2007 Parapan Games is another boost to Rio’s Olympic bid. The Rio 2016 plan confirms our strong commitment to Paralympic sport. The experience of having held the Parapan American Games successfully will be fundamental to our bid, as well as a strong differential”.
Representatives of Rio 2016 are participating actively in the Observers Programme of the Beijing Paralympics.
Meanwhile Brazil’s Defence Minister Nelson Jobim announced Friday that Rio’s two state-owned international airports are to be privatized in order to ease air traffic congestion. The privatization process is to start next year.
Rio’s state Governor Sergio Cabral Filho said the enlargement will benefit Rio’s bid for the 2016 Summer Games.