POSTED: Friday October 2nd 2009

'Enjoy this epic moment in your city's history', Mayor tells Rio de Janeiro

Congratulations to 2016 city Rio de Janeiro

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today sent a message of congratulations to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, following his city’s successful bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Mayor said: “Hosting the greatest sporting event on the planet is a huge honour that will transform Rio de Janeiro as it is transforming London, even before the first starting gun has been fired. I am sure that, like London, your wonderful city will stage a fantastic Games for athletes and spectators alike.
“Enjoy this moment of well earned celebration. Although the real hard work now begins, I look forward to welcoming you and your 2016 team to our city in the coming years, and will be happy to share our experiences of the road to 2012 as Beijing has done with us both before and since their awesome summer Games in 2008.”
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Press information is available from the Mayor’s Press Office - contact Jonathan Edwards on 0207 983 4337 or 07825 781 014; email
GENERAL PUBLIC/NON-MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Call the Public Liaison Unit at the Greater London Authority on 020 7983 4100
DUTY PRESS OFFICER: For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call 020 7983 4000

Jonathan Edwards
Press Officer
Mayor of London’s Press Office
0207 983 4337
07825 781014


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Keywords · Boris Johnson · Eduardo Paes · London 2012 · Rio 2016

Name: Jonathan Edwards
Organization: Mayor of London's Press Office
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