Rio inspired by London 2012

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The president of Rio 2016 has met with representatives of London 2012 and declared the city and its organising committee an inspiration as the Brazilian city ramps up for its own event.

Together with minister Orlando Silva and governor SÉrgio Cabral, Rio 2016 president Carlos Arthur Nuzman visited the London Olympic Park at the end of January 2010 and met with minister Tessa Jowell and former prime minister Tony Blair. In addition to visiting the London Olympic Park, the Brazilian delegation visited the headquarters of the London 2012 Organising Committee, where they were welcomed by LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe and deputy chair Keith Mills. "An exchange of experiences and information between Olympic Games host cities is critical. Along the bid phase, we were in contact with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games 2012 on several occasions. Now, as host city, these ties will become even closer, " Nuzman said. The January trip was the first visit to London by Brazilian organisers since Rio was awarded the games by the International Olympic Committee in October 2009. " London was our inspiration during the bid and will continue to be our inspiration as organisers, " said Nuzman. " We are creating a bridge between London and Rio and between Europe and South America, " Silva said. " We are getting very good lessons from London. We hope to implement these lessons in our games in Rio. We get the feeling we are going in the right direction. " The Brazilians have reiterated their assurances that the Rio Games will be safe, despite the city's problems with crime and drug gangs. " The question of security is the same all over the world, " Nuzman said. " Fortunately, we do not have a problem with terrorism. " The chairwoman of the IOC's oversight panel, Nawal El Moutawakel, spent two days in Rio during January 2010 touring the city's venues and visiting slums where police have been maintaining a constant presence to control drug–related violence. The full IOC panel will visit Rio in May. Meanwhile, Nuzman said a Rio delegation of around 25 people will be in Vancouver to observe operations during the February 2010 Winter Games.

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