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Bach: We're going to have a great Games

2016-08-01 20:23
Thomas Bach (Getty Images)
Cape Town - International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has told media that Rio de Janeiro is ready to host "great" Summer Olympic Games despite a few glitches along the way.

After the IOC Executive Board wrapped up their evaluation of the Games and members questions were answered, Bach told media in Rio that despite a few last-minute challenges, a great Games was expected to be delivered by Rio.

"We have the expectation that we're going to have great Games, although, as always, we'll have some last-minute challenges. But the Brazilians have shown us that they are capable of dealing with these challenges, including in the short term," Bach said at the Rio Olympic Park's Press Centre.

"We're sure that we are going to have some great Olympic Games Brazilian style. Brazilian-style Olympic Games are Games full of passion and the joy of living," Bach said.

There have been complaints from different Olympic teams over water and electrical issues in the Olympic Villa and Bach acknowledged he had visited the housing facilities and communicated with the parties concerned and was happy to report that the issues had been dealt with and fixed.

"But when I got there and spoke with the athletes and chiefs of the delegations, I saw that they all had positive views of the Olympic Villa," said Bach. "They admitted that there had been problems with water leaks a day earlier, but everything had been fixed.

"The consensus is that the villa is beautiful, fantastic, with spectacular amenities and has everything you need."

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