POSTED: October 4th 2008

Rio lands another sponsor

Special Correspondent / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio 2016 has signed up Brazilian telecom company Embratel as the latest supporter to guarantee that the Rio bid project will boast the best possible images and communications.

Bid leader Carlos Arthur Nuzman said: “Embratel has already provided many services to the country, and did exceptional work during the Rio 2007 Pan American Games. This will be a strong and effective contribution to Rio 2016."

At a ceremony held at Guanabara Palace, office of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the official contracts were signed between Nuzman and the Embratel president José Formoso Martinez, in the presence of governor Sérgio Cabral, International Olympic Committee member and FIFA honorary president João Havelange, State Secretary of Sports, Tourism and Leisure Márcia Lins and the Municipal Subsecretary for Rio 2016, Cláudio Versiani.

Formoso Martinez said: “We couldn't sit this one out. We believe in the potential of Brazil and of Rio de Janeiro. This city is a world icon. The Olympic Games are an example of surpassing goals – and Embratel wants to help Rio de Janeiro down this path."

Cabral praised Embratel's support, saying: “The participation of private companies in this project is important and Embratel showed its commitment to Rio and to Brazil. This is a historic day and the doors of the Guanabara Palace are open to receive other important moments of the Rio 2016 candidature."

Keywords · Embratel · Rio de Janeiro · Brazil · Carlos Arthur Nuzman · José Formoso Martinez · Sérgio Cabral · João Havelange · Márcia Lins · Cláudio Versiani ·

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