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Brazil confident it can organize an Olympics as successful as London’s

Wednesday, September 12th 2012 - 04:47 UTC
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Sports minister Fernandes said Brazilian pride would be up to the challenge despite London having elevated the bar Sports minister Fernandes said Brazilian pride would be up to the challenge despite London having elevated the bar

Hosting the Olympics two years after staging the World Cup was always going to be a big task but the success of London 2012 has raised the bar even further, according to Brazil's deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes. With the Olympic flame now out in London, all eyes turn to the Brazilian powerhouse and the clock is already ticking for the 2016 Games.

Fernandes, who attended the Paralympic closing ceremony on Sunday, predicted that national pride would ensure the Games in Rio de Janeiro would be every bit as successful as London.

“I think it has made things more challenging because London has elevated the bar,” he told Reuters at the Brazilian ambassador's residence in central London on Monday.

“The level of performance that is expected of us is higher now than ever. But on the other hand the success of London has made the Games more attractive to private investors and increased the goodwill about the Olympics.”

Fernandes said comparisons between the two Olympics would be unfair but believed that staging the world's two biggest sporting events in the space of two years would drive Brazil forward.

“There is a big difference between hosting the Olympics in a city like London and one like Rio,” said Fernandes, a soccer-loving Rio native. “We are a developing nation and Britain is one of the richest countries in the world and has infrastructure that was already set up”.

”The Olympics and the World Cup are a chance for intensifying investment in basic infrastructure which is crucial to national development. There is a very ambitious plan that has been set up which will make Rio a completely different city after the Games than it was before”, concluded Fernandes.
 

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  • Idlehands

    I think the art to making it a success is to ensure that every venue is stuffed to the rafters for every event. - oh - and don't bring your city to a standstill while you do it.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 06:11 am 0
  • ElaineB

    “There is a big difference between hosting the Olympics in a city like London and one like Rio,” said Fernandes, a soccer-loving Rio native. “We are a developing nation and Britain is one of the richest countries in the world and has infrastructure that was already set up”.

    Yes and no. The infrastructure was not entirely in place. London spent £7 Billion on transport infrastructure for the games. This was essential for the games but also for the long-term future of the site. The Olympic Park was built on a former industrial wasteland from scratch. It will continue as a community with housing (50% affordable), facilitates, good transport links to the centre of London, shops and restaurants. It has regenerated a rather forgotten part of London.

    Transport for London have been hired by Rio to advise on the transport logistics.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 06:40 am 0
  • LEPRecon

    Rio will have a wonderful games, I'm sure, that will display the uniqueness of Brazilian culture.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 11:18 am 0
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