Brazil Vows Inspiration and Social Change If Chosen to Host 2016 Olympics

Rio 2016 During a presentation for Olympic Family members and international sports figures at Sport Accord in Denver, Colorado, the Rio 2016 Bid Committee outlined its vision for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games they want to hold in Brazil.

Rio's official presentation panel included Sérgio Cabral, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio, Carlos Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and President of the Bid Committee, Carlos Roberto Osorio, Secretary General of the Bid Committee and Adriana Behar, Rio 2016 Ambassador and six-time World Champion and twice Olympic Silver Medallist.

Brazil is committed to bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Brazil and South America for the first time ever. BOC President Nuzman pointed out his long-standing experience in the Olympic Movement beginning in 1964 as an athlete and continuing as he seeks to deliver a lasting legacy for Brazilian, South American and international athletes through Rio's plans for 2016.

Nuzman outlined what Rio's bid could offer the Olympic Movement: "We can offer a new country and a new continent experiencing the Games. A nation with 65 million people under the age of 18 and a continent of 180 million young people.

"We can offer a very favourable time zone for broadcasters, new markets for sponsors and a stage like no other to host the Games. We can build a bridge from London 2012 to Rio 2016, passing the baton to pursue the mission of inspiring young people all around the world."

Governor Cabral confirmed the extensive government guarantees for the bid and also shared a number of facts about Brazil: "We are the world's sixth largest market for advertising, recently we discovered the world's largest oil field in 20 years and we are the largest exporter of food. All of this in an economy that grew by more than 5% last year and – even given the current climate – continues to grow."

Mayor Paes reiterated the benefits of Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the 2016 Bid and the potential for the ongoing transformation of Rio. "The whole basis of my election campaign and my plans for the city government is the Olympic project and the transformation that goes with it.

"They go together hand in hand and the process is already under way. We in Rio are driven by our belief in sustainable legacy. Rio 2016 will deliver weeks of wonderful sport and many years of inspiration, social change and sports development that will make a difference for generations to come," he said.

Carlos Roberto Osorio provided details of Rio's 2016 Games Plan and outlined the four key Programs the Bid Committee is proposing to improve Games experience and boost every Olympic sport.

"We will enhance the spectator experience by funding a US$ 15 million four-year program to improve sports presentation in partnership with the international federations; we will guarantee full stadiums for athletes and broadcasters by designing a program to fill empty seats with passionate young fans; we will fund a program of 15 live sites to complement our domestic program and celebrate the Games as never before and finally, we will strengthen the connection with young people by building our Olympic X-Park," he said.

Adriana Behar confirmed the Bid Committee's extensive consultation with athletes for the development of the Olympic Village, venue locations and ensuring every athlete from every nation experiences the uniqueness of Rio during the Games.

"I feel so proud to have competed in two Olympic Games and I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything – except to be able to do it all again in Rio. Rio is such a special place to compete. The people, the passion, the beaches, the mountains, the venues – a truly memorable city to host a truly magical Games," she said.

The Rio 2016 team also launched two new films showing the venue plan for the Games and the support given by athletes and officials to Rio's hosting of the 2007 Pan American Games.


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  • forrest allen brown

    Do you think the powers at be would let all that money in there pockets get out of reach
    and to send it up north to lula land now we know how bad it would be .

    while i am with you about not in rio or sp ,
    i just dont think brasil has the money and justice to pull it off

  • Simpleton

    Muito Complicado
    Asp, I am pleased to see you’ve had a “laugh” (butt not in the igloo). Unfortunately without Abe and or Costa haven given me a “vote” I’m still feeling rather de-rated. That glass towered heshe and raspberry’d fool has me a bit on edge to top up my ciume with your situ not to mention they are what we are counting on for our front line cannon fodder.)

  • asp

    now that is funny, simps
    well done…well done

  • Simpleton

    Almost forgot
    We may have to move up the time table from 2016 and all kick in an olympian effort now that the word is out. Joao, please do check with ch.c to see how our hoard he is tending to is doing. If we’ve managed to siphon enough off of Bo’s barons, baronesses and landed gentry investors to buy it, he will build it. Once they are confirmed to be completely underwater from the stepped-up global warning, our chc-land will have it’s moat. If that’s not enough to ensure our usurping of power over the PB’s puts us in full authoritarian control we can always empty out one of the vaults and live therein. The new (gold)brick wall all shiny and bright would look pretty spiffy too wouldn’t it? Bound to impress those that come crawling upon their knees to pay homage to us at our new palacio.

  • Simpleton

    Joao, how could you. Your little freudian I fear has created more that just a little leak in our capitol building plan. Squidy’s navy has already been put on high guard for forrest’s penetration from the sea, the FAB is patrolling and has orders to look down shoot down ric’s air logistical supply and provisioning while enroute, asp’s beatch sweeper (a very effective weapon if and when you can find surfs to power it) is in jeopardy of being confiscated by the MST colonists as they rise to the national cause and I am loosing my cover as increased steps are being taken to level and cart away the montanhas e florestas to be sure the new seat of power can not be hidden anywhere in the center of the country. Guess we’ll have to go back to coastal or far offshore island approach. (How about building a floating airport first – we can anchor it to one of those new deep well oil rigs, right?)

    Promises of social change? Hmmm, we’ll see but I doubt anyone is holding their breath except asp (as one giant roller sucked him under!).

  • João da Silva

    A Correction
    [quote]LetÀ‚´s not forget the reason for building a new capital right in the interior of the country away from the coast.[/quote]

    Sorry, it should read: “LetÀ‚´s not forget the reason for [b][i]having built a new capital[/i][/b] right in the interior of the country and away from the coast.

  • João da Silva


    Good comment.

    If Brasil really wins the bid, I would prefer the games to go to the Center of the country. Some states like MT,MS,GO,etc. LetÀ‚´s not forget the reason for building a new capital right in the interior of the country away from the coast.

  • Anderson

    Other places
    Brazil has other places that can replace Rio.



  • forrest allen brown

    we did this last year did we not
    how many people will be pushed asaid to build the complex .
    how many law suits will stop the building
    how many people strikes will stop the building
    how will brasil pay for it .
    they have still not paid off the panam games complex yet ,

    china with all its billions had a time of it doing the job
    alll the people working on the new airport ( yes they built a hole new airport just for the games .
    where will the new one be in RIO.

    and then the bus and taxi service
    resturants ,

    brasil just wont be able to pull it off
    not yet any way

  • ch.c.

    Rio is such a special place to compete. The people, the passion, the beaches, the mountains, the venues – a truly memorable city to host a truly magical Games,”
    …..And with so many crimes, thefts & robberies, dirt & pollution !

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