POSTED: Thursday November 6th 2008


Tessa Jowell has a successful week of networking in Brazil

RIO, 6 November 2008 – The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, the UK Minister with responsibility for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will depart Rio today after a weeklong visit in Brazil. Over the course of her visit Minister Jowell met with various leading political figures and interest groups committed to the development of sport in Brazil, many of whom also share an interest in London 2012’s International Inspiration programme and its significance for the country.
On her last day in Rio, Minister Jowell met with a number of city officials including Eduardo Paes, Rio’s new Mayor-elect and Marcia Lins, State Secretary for Sport and Leisure. At a press conference held after her private meetings, the Minister shared her impressions with local media alongside Mr. Luiz Fernando Pezão, Vice Governor of Rio de Janeiro.
Minister Jowell said of her meeting with the officials: \“I had a very interesting exchange with the Rio representatives. We addressed several current and future opportunities to further develop the city’s economy and as part of this discussion, focused on the city’s bidding and hosting of major international sporting events such as the 2007 Pan Am Games, the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and the city’s current bid to host the 2016 Games. Indeed, one of my objectives for this visit was to share insights with the Rio 2016 Bid Committee about London’s campaign for 2012 when we were at the same stage in the race and key considerations moving forward.\”
Luiz Fernando Pezão remarked: \“Listening and learning from the London 2012 campaign as mentioned by Minister Jowell has been very important for our team. Our Bid Committee is fully committed to delivering the Games and we are eager to learn from London’s success particularly as we share the same vision for inspiring youth in Brazil, in South America and around the world.”
“Our country aims to foster human and social development and integration through sport and the 2016 Bid is a clear manifestation of this aspiration. Hosting the Games in Rio will catalyze the continuing social transformation of our city and our nation while also opening up new markets to the Olympic Movement. This is a historic moment and the selection of Rio has the potential to inspire more than 65 million youth under the age of 18 in Brazil and millions of others in developed and developing nations around the world” said Mr. Pezão.

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