POSTED: October 1st 2009
NewsUpdate

2016 bid race is Rio's best chance ever, says busy President Lula

President Lula: time and effort
President Lula: time and effort

KEIR RADNEDGE in COPENHAGEN / Sports Features Communications

OCT 01: President Lula of Brazil has put more up-front time, effort and appearance into the 2016 Olympic Games bid process than any of the other politicians engaged in the last-minute ‘beauty contest.’

Lula spent significant time with the evaluation commission during its visit to examine the Rio de Janeiro candidacy and he was out almost before daybreak in Copenhagen today, seeking to wring something out of every last moment ahead of tomorrow’s IOC vote.

Rio is campaigning against Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo in a bidding race which is apparently so tight as to demand the provision of photo-finish technology.

This is not Rio’s first bid but, according to Lula, it is the first time the city has brought self-belief to the IOC table. He said: “Compared with all the other times we have participated in this process this is the first time the Brazilian bid has truly prepared itself to win the right to host the Olympics.”

National unty

He stressed the unity provided by the supportive co-ordination of the federal government, state government and municipal government and by the national congress it passed its ‘Olympic Bill.’

“This,” said Lula, “offers the commitment of the entire Brazilian nation and not only that of the city mayor and the state president. Brazil has demonstrated it wants to prove it has the competence to organise a better Olympics than has ever been organised in any other part of the world.”

Rio bid leaders Carlos Nuzman and Carlos Osorio have repeatedly pointed to the country’s enhanced economic strength and Lula readily picked up this theme.

He said: “We are in an excellent period. There are very few times in our history when we have had such a good situation and this will make it possible to organise the Olympic Games in the way it should be.

“Brazil and South America wants to catch this opportunity so we can take the Games to our continent for the very first time. We highly respect the other bids but this time we believe we are in the better condition.

“No other country in the world has such certainty about its future. This is a magical moment with a great opportunity for growth. This is what we want to show the members of the IOC to win their votes.”


Keywords · 2016 Olympic Games · IOC · Copenhagen · President Lula · Rio de Janeiro


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