POSTED: January 4th 2009

Rio takes its bid for a spin

Bid leaders riding high in Rio: Luiz Barretto, Carlos Roberto Osório, Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Ruy Cezar / Carlos Leandro - Agencia Ponto
Bid leaders riding high in Rio: Luiz Barretto, Carlos Roberto Osório, Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Ruy Cezar / Carlos Leandro - Agencia Ponto

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio’s 2016 Olympic bid is being promoted via the giant Ferris wheel which has been such a popular feature of the city’s summer scene.

The wheel, sited at Copacabana Fort, had started its celebrations spin with a special party of bid guests who included Tourism Minister Luiz Barretto, bid leader Carlos Arthur Nuzman, State Sports Minister Carlos Roberto Osorio and Rio’s own bid secretary Ruy Cezar.

Nuzman said: “The Rio Wheel will be one of the icons of the campaign. The union of the three government levels, the sport confederations and the Brazilian people gives us an advantage in this race.  There is no better place to celebrate the Olympic Games."

Barretto insisted the bid would be a window for other opportunities. He said: “Other cities in the world have been transformed by the Games. Rio has always been the gateway for visitors to Brazil and a staging of the Games would solidify the city's status."

Host city preparations

Simultaneously, city mayor Eduardo Paes approved a series of essential administrative measures pending a successful vote by the IOC next October when Rio competes with Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo. One such measure is the creation of a working group to prepare for the IOC evaluation commission's visit between April 27 and May 3.

The new year in Rio was marked by around 2m people on Copacabana watching the midnight countdown being projected onto the Ferris wheel. The Rio 2016 slogan: “Live your passion,” was shown amidst a 20-minute firework display.

Nuzman added: “There are nine months left until the vote and Rio kicked off a very important year with a wonderful party.”

Mayor Paes thought the party typified the city’s potential value as Olympic host. He said: “This event showed the true face of Rio - joyful, welcoming and passionate and all in a safe and secure environment. We are ready to welcome the world in 2016.”

Keywords · Rio 2016 · IOC · Olympic Games · Barretto · Nuzman · Osorio · Cezar · Rio de Janeiro

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