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SBD/September 11, 2013/Olympics
Bach Faces Major Challenges As IOC President, Including Russian Law, Rio Struggles
Published September 11, 2013
FULL PLATE: Bach minutes after the results of the election were announced said that "re-examining which sports to include in the Summer Games was near the top of his agenda." Bach: "The sports program is a priority. As we have seen from this session, it's a rather complicated problem." IOC member Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah said that Bach "must clarify the qualities a sport needs to be considered for the Games" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/11). Meanwhile, Bach discusses how he is going to solve the challenges associated with the '16 Rio Games, saying, "We have many big challenges in a world changing faster than ever. In Rio we are expecting excellent Games in 2016. We have to work very closely with the organizing committee and the political authorities and communicate well what the benefits of the Olympics are in Rio de Janeiro for the population there, to make it clear with the Olympic Village there will be new, affordable housing. There will be better infrastructure" (Tripp Mickle, Staff Writer).