POSTED: March 18th 2009

Rio lands US supporter

Carlos Roberto Osorio: happy with even more support / Rio 2016
Carlos Roberto Osorio: happy with even more support / Rio 2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: The second-largest American Chamber of Commerce outside the US will NOT be backing Chicago in the 2016 Olympic race . . . instead it is supporting the bid from its own local host city, Rio de Janeiro.

Amcham Brasil, founded in 1919 and comprising 5,400 partners, confirmed its stance at a lunch it hosted for city mayor Eduardo Paes.

João César Lima, president of the Rio branch of Amchan, said: “We will make the most of the opportunity to collaborate with the Rio 2016 bid committee and all levels of government to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Rio in 2016.

“We plan to adopt the bid’s logo to demonstrate our organisation’s engagement, creating synergies with the project and promoting the Olympic movement in Rio. “We will also encourage our associates to come forward and express their support for the campaign in the coming months.”

The 160 participants at the event heard Mayor Paes explain the benefits and legacy that he believes the Olympic and Paralympic Games can deliver.

He said: “Our plans are well-structured and serious. Rio offers an opportunity to inspire millions of youth in Brazil and South America and deliver a significant legacy. We are delighted with the support of the business community to date and look forward to working with them moving forward.”

AmCham’s positive response delighted Carlos Roberto Osorio, the bid secretary-general. He said: “This strong support from AmCham’s illustrates their understanding that hosting the Games will transform the city and Brazilian sport for generations.”

The International Olympic Committee decides, on October 2 in Copenhagen, between bids from Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

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