POSTED: September 29th 2009

Blatter likes Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic bid but . . .

Sepp Blatter: flying in, coincidentally, from Rio / lake images
Sepp Blatter: flying in, coincidentally, from Rio / lake images

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

COPENHAGEN/RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 29: FIFA president Sepp Blatter, while not breaking the secret of the ballot box, has no doubt about the the international appeal of Rio de Janeiro in its bid on Friday to take the Olympics Games to South America for the first time in 2016.

The world federation’s executive is meeting in the Brazilian city whose representatives have already set out for Copenhagen where the International Olympic Committee votes on Friday. Rio, main focus of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup hosting, competes in Copenhagen against rival bis from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

Blatter- an IOC member as president of FIFA – will fly from Rio to Copenhagen in time to cast his own vote. He said: “Of course I cannot reveal how I will vote. This is a secret. I can say is that Rio's candidacy has great international appeal though, of cours, that popularity alone is not enough."

Brazilian state President Lula will be among the leading political figures in Copenhagen along with US President Barack Obama, King Juan Carlos of Spain and new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan. Sports personalities joining in the lobbying include, on Rio’s behalf, triple World Cup-winner Pele.

'Time is right'

Rio bid leader Carlos Nuzman said, on arrival in Copenhagen: “I love this moment. The best moment for me is on the field of play and the feeling is completely different. We have the adrenalin and the best players love the high adrenalin."

Nuzman said the time was right for Rio considering the robust nature of the Brazilian economy and the technical standard of the bid.

He added: “I can tell you Rio is ready. The Games plan is the city plan and this Games plan was approved (by the IOC). This is a momentum and you cannot compare it (with past bids). It is one of the most complete bids in the Olympic history."

Keywords · 2018 Olympic Games · FIFA · Blatter · Nuzman · IOC · Rio de Janeiro

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