POSTED: March 12th 2009
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Prince Charles tours Rio 2016 bid

Prince Charles and Sergio Cabral / Image: Rio 2016
Prince Charles and Sergio Cabral / Image: Rio 2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: Prince Charles met with Sergio Cabral, the Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio, to get an overview of the Brazilian bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Prince of Wales is on a four day visit to Brazil that will include a speaking engagement on climate change and is set to visit numerous other senior government representatives. He has already had discussions with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva regarding the environment and both Brazil and Britain’s progress of events for the London Games and the efforts involved for the Rio bid.

“I was honoured and delighted to meet Prince Charles today and tell him more about Rio’s bid to host the Games in 2016. All levels of government in Brazil are behind Rio’s bid and the Rio 2016 Games have the potential to inspire over 65 million young people in Brazil and over 180 million youth across South America.”

“We feel that this potential legacy for millions of youth on our continent and across the world ties in naturally to the vision and mandate of the London 2012 Games and we hope to continue to build on the objectives and work of the International Inspiration legacy programme launched by the London 2012 team,” said Governor Cabral.

Cabral presented the Prince with a bid summary and gave him an overview of the plan for the 2016 Games. He said, “I was honoured and delighted to meet Prince Charles today and tell him more about Rio’s bid to host the Games in 2016. All levels of government in Brazil are behind Rio’s bid and the Rio 2016 Games have the potential to inspire over 65 million young people in Brazil and over 180 million youth across South America.”

“We feel that this potential legacy for millions of youth on our continent and across the world ties in naturally to the vision and mandate of the London 2012 Games and we hope to continue to build on the objectives and work of the International Inspiration legacy programme launched by the London 2012 team,” said Cabral.
 
The Prince of Wales had questions regarding the sailing events and as to the planned use for Copacabana Beach. The famous beach will feature triathlon, marathon swimming and be a perfect setting for beach volleyball.

Cabral stressed, “As we enter the final stages of this race we are committed to learning from London’s successful bid campaign and the powerful message at its core which resonated with the Olympic Family. Rio’s message to the Olympic Family is one which attests to the potential for a historic decision to bring the Games to South America for the first time and help the Movement embrace a new, diverse audience of potential champions.  It was my great pleasure to discuss this with Prince Charles during his visit.”
 
“Our bid to host the 2016 Games is motivated by a passion to unite the power of Olympic and Paralympic sport with the Rio spirit of celebration and contribute to achieving the country’s own objectives for human and social development through sport. We are determined and focused. Rio is ready,” said Cabral.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are making a 10-day tour of South America with stops in Chile, Brazil and Ecuador. The focus of the trip is on climate change.


Keywords · Prince of Wales · Rio 2016 · Olympic bid · Sergio Cabral · Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro · Eduardo Paes · Mayor of Rio · Duchess of Cornwall · Prince Charles


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