IOC's Bach: Rio de Janeiro Games will 'overwhelm' world

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Posted: Jan 27, 2016 1:33 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says he is confident the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will "overwhelm" the world, despite Brazil's deep financial crisis.

Bach, visiting Athens for a sports awards ceremony, described Brazil as being in a "situation of crisis," but said the country was on course to stage "an Olympic Games with a great joy of life and a great passion for sport."

Since being awarded the games in 2009, Brazil has suffered a serious financial downturn and is currently grappling with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has caused international health concerns.

On Thursday, Bach is scheduled to visit a refugee camp in Athens. Greece continues to struggle with a serious refugee crisis, fuelled by the civil war in Syria.