Rio Olympic Games celebrated one year countdown on August 5, as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach officially invited the world’s athletes to take part in South America’s first ever Olympics, saying the Brazilians will show to the world their unique combination of passion and efficiency.
As Beijing just won the 2022 Winter Olympics last week, China was also invited to attend the ceremony.
(Soundbite) Yang Shu’an, Chinese Olympic Committee Vice President
“For sure we will come next year. We will come with our friendship, sportsmanship and partnership. We wish our friend good luck.”
Bach also handed invitations to the representatives of the National Olympic Committees of Greece, Russia, South Korea, Japan and Brazil, the countries where the Games originated and the previous and current Games were hosted.
Meanwhile, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff assured Rio de Janeiro would be “the most beautiful setting” for an Olympic Games since classical Greece, while recognizing that there was “a lot still to be done” to get Olympic installations ready.
After suffering from the delayed preparation before the 2014 World Cup, Brazil and Rio decide to take lessons from that. Rio’s mayor Eduardo Paes had said that the Olympic preparations are all running on time and under budget, and Rio will prove Brazil’s capacity to keep its promises.