By Duncan Mackay

Wilfried_Lemke_in_Rio_September_2010May 12 - Wilfried Lemke (pictured), the United Nations Secretary General's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, has accepted an invitation to visit Rio de Janeiro later this year to see for himself how preparations for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics are progressing.

Lemke, who was invited by Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman, will be updated on the various projects that are now in progress aimed at improving the city infrastructure and meeting the demands necessary to stage the Games successfully.

He visited Rio last September, when he visited several of the proposed facilities for the Games, including the Maracana, which is now under construction.

Lemke also spent time at the Reação Institute, which is located in one of the city's favelas and is a project led by judo and Jiu-Jitsu black belt Flavio Canto to help keep children away from getting involved in drugs and crime.

"Nuzman offered me to visit a number of projects and initiatives during my next travel to Rio in July, to be able to gain a first-hand impression of the situation and the progress on that," said Lemke.

"I can assure you that we will continue to work on similar matters of relevance to both our organisations."

Nuzman extended the invitation to Lemke during this week's Sport for Peace and Development Forum, jointly organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the UN Office on Sport for Peace and Development, in Geneva.

During the event, Nuzman delivered a presentation on the social legacy of the Olympic Games, showing the improvements planned for the mass transportation system, the urbanisation of favelas as well as the Olympic Training Centre and the X-Park

Last month Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's secretary general, had warned that human rights could be sacrificed in the build-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the Olympics and Paralympics. 

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