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IOC defends Rio's 'most perfect imperfect' Olympic Games

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, delivers speech during a press conference of the closing plenary session of the IOC Debriefing of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The three-day IOC debriefing ends Wednesday to share knowledge and experiences between the Rio Olympic Games organizers and future host cities, including Tokyo which will host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, delivers speech during a press conference of the closing plenary session of the IOC Debriefing of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The three-day IOC debriefing ends Wednesday to share knowledge and experiences between the Rio Olympic Games organizers and future host cities, including Tokyo which will host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

A few months after the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, IOC officials have come up with a tagline for South America's first Olympics: "The most perfect imperfect games."

The International Olympic Committee held a news conference on Tuesday to accentuate the positives of the Rio Games, which were held amid Brazil's political and economic crisis and experienced problems with empty seats, green water and other organizational issues.

Christophe Dubi, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, says: "The games worked. Were they perfect? No."

The IOC has gone out of its way to defend the Rio Games, seeking to blunt any criticism and encourage potential future host cities.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says "someone described them as the most perfect imperfect games," adding that "it's actually quite a good characterization."

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