POSTED: September 22nd 2009

Rio 2016 supporters get on their bikes to back Olympic campaign

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO: Thousands of cariocas have taken to their bicycles in support of Rio de Janeiro’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Around 25,000 people took part in the weekend bike ride to celebrate World Car Free Day and support the city’s Olympic bid. A giant screen was unveiled by sponsor Bradesco screen at Copacabana Beach on the site proposed for the beach volleyball arena if Rio wins the IOC vote in Copenhagen on October 2.

Images of supporters will be shown on the screen until the eve of the vote in which Rio is competing against Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

The screen unveiling was attended by Mayor Eduardo Paes, Olympic athletes including Isabel Swan (bronze at Beijing 2008 in sailing) and Bernard Razjman (silver at Los Angeles 84 in volleyball) and hundreds of city residents.

Paes said: “This is another incentive for the people to show their support for Rio. We’ve held an open, frank campaign in which we’ve made the city’s proposals clear. Let’s go to the final decision with the certainty of having done a great job.”

The 15km bike ride routed past many locations among Rio’s Olympic plans, including Copacabana Beach (triathlon, beach volleyball and aquatic marathon) and Flamengo Park (race walking). Among the cyclists were cities minister Márcio Fortes and environment minister Carlos Minc.

Keywords · 2016 Olympic Games · IOC · Rio de Janeiro · Rio 2016

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