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2 September 2005, 11:58 am
Brazilian Visit For IOC President
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques ROGGE (BEL) spent a few days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the location for the 2007 Pan-American Games, on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), chaired by IOC Executive Board member, Mario Vázquez RAÑA.
No ALT tag specifiedThe 2007 Pan-American Games are set to take place from 13-29 July with sailing featuring as one of the sports, with the regatta to be held at Glória Marina on Guanabara Bay.

During his first visit to Brazil as IOC President, Jacques Rogge flew over several venues under construction for the Pan-American Games. After visiting the Pan-American Village and the João Havelange Stadium, the IOC President said he was extremely impressed, 'The Rio 2007 Pan-American Games will be incredible and will leave a great legacy in terms of sports infrastructure.' He added, 'I am pleased to see that PASO thinks the same way as the IOC as regards the legacy that a multi-sports competition can leave to the host country.'

The IOC President ended his visit to Brazil on 1 September in Brasilia when he met the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio LULA DA SILVA, and the Minister of Sports, Agnelo QUEIROZ, together with PASO President Mario Vázquez RAÑA and the President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and of the Organising Committee for the 2007 Pan-American Games, Carlos Arthur NUZMAN, who is also an IOC member.

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