POSTED: June 1st 2009

Rio 2016 gets boost from 2014 World Cup

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: Five of the proposed football cities on the Rio 2016 Olympic bid are set to host the 2014 World Cup matches as decided by the FIFA Executive Committee Sunday at their meeting in the Bahamas.

Iconic Maracanã Stadium is the proposed venue for the opening and closing of the 2016 plan and will also host the grand finale of the World Cup. Over 70,000 fans attending a Brazilian Championship match Sunday between Flamengo and Atlético Paranaense got the news first hand as it was broadcast live from the Bahamas.

Proposed 2016 venue sites at Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Salvador were named of the overall 12 cities chosen for the event taking place around Brazil. Other cities that were named include Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, Manaus and Cuiabá.

 “The selection of the 2014 cities further reinforces the benefits of hosting two major international sporting events like the World Cup and the Games in succession,” said Rio 2016 Bid Committee President, Carlos Arthur Nuzman.

“Our bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games is fully aligned with the needs of Rio, the other cities and Brazil’s long-term development plans.”
“The 2014 World Cup means that our proposed Olympic football venues will boast new and modern stadiums well ahead of the Games. We will also witness significant investments in airports, transportation infrastructure, accommodation, telecommunications and security in the coming years leading up to 2014.”

“Moreover, the World Cup will contribute to training new professionals with experience in large sporting events, many of whom we hope will be able to work with us to deliver the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Nuzman.

Márcia Lins, Rio de Janeiro´s State Secretary for Sport, Tourism and Leisure, “The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will transform urban mobility in our country with the expansion of the metro system and improvements in the suburban train system, all planned to accommodate the competitions across the country. These are critical improvements with substantial long-term benefits that have all been integrated within Rio’s plans to host the 2016 Games.”

Rio de Janeiro hosted the successful Pan American Games in 2007 and the objective of the 2016 bid is to bring the Olympic Games to South America for the first time. Voting for the 2016 cities will take place in Copenhagen on October 2nd between four extraordinary cities Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. 

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