Rio and London team up

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Organisers of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics have announced they are set to team up to establish a global youth–focused sports participation programme.

London Games bosses, including chair Lord Sebastian Coe, vice–chair Sir Keith Mills and Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell have begun talks with Rio 2016 organisers to extend the International Inspiration programme beyond 2012. The programme has been running since 2007 and has reached 3. 5m young people in 12 countries, and programmes are up and running in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Jordan, India, Mozambique, Palau, Trinidad and Tobago and Zambia, while work is beginning in South Africa, Malaysia and Nigeria. Rio 2016 president Carlos Arthur Nuzman indicated he is keen to maintain the momentum of the programme, which aims to enrich the lives of 12m youngsters across 20 countries by 2012 through physical education, sport and play. "Brazil has 65m youths under 18 years old, " said Nuzman. "Across South America that number rises to 180m. Extending International Inspiration to boys and girls from the State of Rio is only natural because the programme's core ideas are aligned with our vision for Rio 2016, which includes transforming the lives of youth through sport, fostering values of friendship, excellence and respect. "Lord Coe added: "The International Inspiration programme is really the cornerstone of what London 2012 stands for – the vision to inspire young people, and our ambition to be the Games for Everyone. We're here to encourage nations from around the world to take this opportunity to be part of a unique Olympic programme that will leave a truly global legacy. We ask for their support in helping us achieve our target of reaching 12m children in 20 countries. For Carlos Arthur Nuzman (Rio 2016 president) to tell us that Rio 2016 would like to explore extending this initiative beyond 2012 is a major boost for us and the programme. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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