New York

22 August 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the closure of the Olympic Games

The Secretary-General congratulates Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian people, the Rio 2016 Local Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee on yesterday's successful conclusion of the Olympic Games.

Having had the pleasure and honour earlier this month to attend the opening ceremony, to participate in the Olympic Torch relay, to visit the Olympic village, to meet the Olympic Refugee team and attend some of the events, the Secretary-General deeply appreciated the hospitality, diversity and capabilities of the Brazilian people and the world of sport, displayed at the first-ever Olympic Games in South America.

The Secretary-General applauds this historic achievement and encourages all stakeholders to secure and build on the sustainable development effects of the Games.