Rio 2016 organisers to contact new government ‘when time is right’

Rio de Janeiro, May 13 (IANS) The Rio 2016 organizers will approach Brazil’s new interim government “when the time is right” to ensure preparations for the first Olympics in South America continue to go smoothly, Rio Games chief Carlos Nuzman has said.

Michel Temer was officially sworn in as acting president on Thursday after Brazil’s senate voted to put Dilma Rousseff on trial for allegedly violating budget rules, reports Xinhua.

He will initially fill the role for 180 days but could remain in the position until the next federal election in 2018 if Rousseff is found guilty.

At a press conference to unveil Rio 2016 staff uniforms on Thursday, Nuzman said the change in government would not impact the organization of the Olympics.

“The organizing committee is a non-political entity,” he said. “We all know the importance of the Games and Paralympics for Brazil and we continue to work alongside those who are in charge of the responsible (government) organs.

“We have to respect the entire [impeachment] process that is taking place and when the time is right we will make the necessary contact. The Olympic Games belong to Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro and all Brazilians. I am certain that we will have a spectacular Games and great participation from everybody involved.”

Nuzman praised the input of all levels of government in Rio 2016 preparations.

“The organization of the Games as on the right track with the support of all three levels of government – federal, state and local. I’m sure it will continue that way.”

With less than three months until the opening ceremony, most of Rio’s Olympic sports arenas are ready, with only painting and other finishing touches needed at some venues

Despite the advanced progress, Brazil’s labor ministry halted work on parts of Olympic Park and the Olympic Village on Monday due to safety concerns.

“Those who organize events of this size and the companies involved know that these types of delays can occur,” Nuzman said.

“It’s within our expectations. It’s not ideal but I hope that it is resolved and that we can continue working as we have until now. The final result will benefit everybody.

When asked what his biggest concern was ahead of the Olympics, Nuzman replied: I am busy with everything and that will be the case until the Games finish.

“All areas are important. They are all integrated. From the planning, administration and operation – everything depends on other areas. I will be doing all I can to make sure everything works out the best way possible.”



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