USOC visits Rio

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The US Olympic Committee (USOC) leadership concluded travel in South America on 19 August 2011 in a sustained effort to engage the worldwide Olympic Movement. The trip began on Monday 15 August in Lima, Peru; continued to both Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, Argentina; and finished in Santiago, Chile.

Efforts to engage with National Olympic Committees throughout South America carry on the USOCs robust international relations programme launched in early 2010. Continuing our focus on engaging the Olympic Movement and creating meaningful friendships around the world, we have placed a high priority on being a trusted partner within the Western Hemisphere, said USOC chairman Larry Probst. South America is crucially important to the Olympic Movement in the years ahead and its amazing to see the impact that sport is having all over the continent. In Lima, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun met with leadership from Perus NOC, including president JosÉ Quiñones and secretary general Francisco Boza. In addition, he gathered with officials from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas and toured the universitys campus. Blackmun was joined by Probst in Rio, where they assembled with members of the Brazil NOC and organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including Brazil NOC president Carlos Nuzman and Rio 2016 CEO Leonardo Gryner. This trip was an opportunity for us to learn from some of the smartest people in the Olympic Movement and continue to build genuine relationships within our Pan American Olympic family. said Blackmun. Our visit to Brazil was a particularly unique opportunity for us to see all that the Rio 2016 team has accomplished in the two short years since their selection. Carlos and his staff have done an amazing job and were gracious hosts. The Games are in very good hands. Probst continued on to Buenos Aires, where he met with Gerardo Werthein, Argentina NOC president and International Olympic Committee member. Probst concluded the trip in Chile, where he met with NOC officials and touring the groups headquarters and training center.

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