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Carlos Arthur Nuzman

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The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the biggest sport event on the planet. To deliver them in 2016, professionals from different places and expertise work full time on the huge and complex project. The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee presents the professionals that are and will be responsible for the great show of sport to happen for the first time in South America, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. The first to tell his story is Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the President of the Committee.
 
Check here some photos that tell the journey of Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of Rio 2016
 
Nuzman has a long journey within the Olympic movement as athlete and sport executive. He played for Brazil’s Volleyball Team on the Tokyo 1964 Games, when the sport inaugurated on the Olympic Programme. He was in charge of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation for 21 years and has turned the country into the greatest promise of the sport in the worldwide level. He was also in charge of the organization of the Rio 2007 Pan and Para-pan American Games, and led Rio de Janeiro to the victory of the bid to be the host city of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
 
Check out the interview with the President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, in which he talks about his role within the organization, remembers historical moments of his career as athlete and sport executive and sends a message to everyone who will follow the organization of the Games till 2016.
 
The role of the President
 
“The President of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games is in charge of the entire organization and delivery of the Games. Additionally, he coordinates all the functional areas of the organization. It’s clear that, on the flow chart, there is a CEO and different directors, responsible for each functional area, and this work of coordinating is regarding planning, development, logistic and operational aspects of the Games.”
 
The journey as athlete
 
“By the time I disputed the Olympic Games in 1964 in Tokyo, the Olympic world and the meaning of the Games for the athletes were different. For me, it was the climax to participate in the Olympic Games, enter the Olympic Stadium and participate in the Opening Ceremony and competitions. The Volleyball inaugurated as an Olympic sport right in the Games I have participated. I think that was the greatest emotion I have experienced as athlete.
 
We didn’t dream about winning a medal, but just about participating. My memories as an athlete take me to the World Championships on the former Soviet Union in 1962, and on the former Czechoslovakia in 1966. Those were very important moments, in which the amateur spirit prevailed, in which the dedication was more a personal effort, different from the full time dedication the athletes have to have nowadays.”
 
Becoming a sport executive
 
“The history of former athletes of that time participating in executive functions is too little. Nowadays, the number of sport executives has surely increased and will certainly increase more, because it is important to have been an athlete to be in a management position and to use that knowledge to enhance the Olympic Games.
 
By that time, I didn’t thought about what would be my career as a sport leader, neither on the Brazilian Confederation of my sport, the Volleyball, nor on the Brazilian Olympic Committee. I only knew that I would be a lawyer and that I would work as one, what I have done my whole life.”
 
The glories as a sport executive
 
“As a sport executive, I have to give thanks, to remember and to be glad for have ran the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) for 21 years, have turned the Brazilian Volleyball, which was the 15th in the world, and the Beach Volley into Olympic champions. I left CBV as the first place on the ranking of all categories. I was the President of the Beach Volley World Council when the sport was included in the Programme as an Olympic sport.
 
As a sport executive, have had the opportunity to have been the President of the Rio 2007 Organizing Committee for the Pan and Para-Pan Games, known as the best Games ever, have been the President of the Bid Committee to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and have appreciated the historical victory on October 2nd, 2009, when Rio was chosen the host city, and now be the President of this organization, those were the most memorable and happiest moments.”
 
A message to the audience
 
“The audience, the fans and the members of the Organizing Committee, all of you can expect that these Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the best we can deliver. I always say that because each city has a different history of difficulty or success when organizing the Games. You can be sure that our level of dedication, collective spirit and will to deliver the Games is the highest possible. I use to say that the Olympic and Paralympic Games have already begun. They have started the day following winning the bid. We have won it on October 2nd, 2009. On October 3rd, 2009, we were already meeting with the International Olympic Committee. We have the preoccupation of doing the best we can because we are sure, in the first place, these Games are going to change the history of the Olympic sport in Brazil. Second, they will change the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rio will recuperate what it was when it was not the capital of the Republic anymore as of 1960, when it moved to Brasília.
 
Over these 50 years, too little was done, pretty much nothing. We will have a new Rio, a new Brazil. When I talk about Rio, you can be sure that I’m talking about the transformation that comes with the spirit of collective work, with the union of the federal government, the state government, the city government and all the members of the Organizing Committee. These last ones have been fully dedicated to the project, sometimes working at weekends, without holidays, working on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, as it happened now for the launch of the Olympic emblem. Above all, with the Olympic spirit of having the possibility of participating and organizing the first Olympic Games of Brazil and South America. You can be sure that we are going to deliver them very well.”
 
Check out other interviews with other Rio 2016 Games' Makers:
 
Agberto Guimarães
Gustavo Nascimento
Mariana Mello
Ricardo Prado
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