POSTED: September 2nd 2009

2016 Olympics: 'Happy' Rio says Lula will lead the way in Copenhagen

Rio de Janeiro: important pointers / lake images
Rio de Janeiro: important pointers / lake images

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: Carlos Nuzman, president of Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic bid, was "very happy" with the contents of the IOC evaluation commission's report. He also promised that Brazilian President Lula would lead the city's delegation at the vote in Copenhagen in October.

The commission visited Rio at the end of April and Nuzman, also an IOC member and president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, said: “I am very happy that this report confirms the IOC’s approval of our project and vision for the Games and that Rio is considered ready to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Games to South America for the first time.

"The commission’s visit was a great success and this has been highlighted in its description of our documentation and presentations as of ‘a very high quality.’
“We are delighted that the report reflects the fact that our bid is based on the long-term planning and development of Brazil with full finance and guarantees from all three levels of government. Indeed, the report clearly states that they have ‘guaranteed to finance the necessary infrastructure to deliver the Games and to cover any potential economic shortfall in the OCOG budget’.
“We are particularly pleased that the IOC report recognizes the power of a Rio Games to deliver social transformation and our ability to ‘leave an affordable and significant legacy’. Our plan is also clearly endorsed by strong public support as shown in the IOC’s poll at 85pc in the city of Rio."

Nuzman acknowledged the fact that the commission had appreciated the importance of the operational experience gained from hosting the Panamerican Games in 2007 and that it was trying to meet its public safety challenges.

He considered the report as an important guide in how Rio could sharpen up its project over the last decision month before the IOC votes in Copenhagen on October 2 - when the Rio delegation would be led by state President Lula.

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