POSTED: February 6th 2009

Presidential promise for Rio

President Lula (left) discusses the bid with Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Sergio Cabral / Image: Rio2016
President Lula (left) discusses the bid with Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Sergio Cabral / Image: Rio2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: Rio 2016 bid leaders will set out for Switzerland with the full blessong of Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva when they formally present the city’s bid file to the International Olympic Committee next week.

President Lula was thrilled by the file which details the vision and proposals to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He promised to do “whatever is needed” to help try to bring Games to Brazil and South America for the first time.

The presentation at the Palácio da Cidade, was attended by Minister of Sport Orlando Silva, Cities Minister Márcio Fortes, Rio Governor Sérgio Cabral and city Mayor Eduardo Paes.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and president of the Rio 2016 bid, said: “We gave President Lula a full briefing. These would be Games of celebration and transformation. President Lula was very enthusiastic and offered his full support.”

The IOC requires all candidate cities – Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo are the other 2016 contenders – to submit 100 copies of the Candidature File, which is then used as the basis for a technical analysis of each of the proposals. Rio's three-volume document consists of 600 pages covering 17 themes including transport, accommodation and environment.

Keywords · IOC · International Olympic Committee · 2016 · Rio de Janeiro · President Lula · Nuzman

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