IOC chief lays first stone

2010-12-29 18:50

Rio de Janeiro - Jacques Rogge, the head of the International Olympic Committee, on Wednesday laid the first stone of what will become the Olympic Village in the 2016 host city Rio de Janeiro.

The ceremony gave an official profile to works that are already underway to have the facility ready for the world's premiere sporting event.

Various VIPs attended, including sporting figures, Brazil's former FIFA president Jaoa Havelange, and Rio state governor Sergio Cabral.

Brazi is to be the first South American country to present the Olympics. Its hosting duties will follow those of 2014, when it holds the football World Cup.