Serra backs Rio 2016

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Rio de Janeiro's plans for the 2016 Olympic Games have received a ringing endorsement from presidential candidate JosÉ Serra as the organising committee continues its charm offensive ahead of October 2010's general election.

Brazil's current president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is set to step down from his position as he has already served two terms of office, the maximum allowed under the Brazilian constitution. Rio 2016 has already welcomed Green Party candidate Marina Silva this month and has now received Serra, presidential candidate for the Social Democratic Party (PSDB). After visiting the organising committee, Serra guaranteed that, if elected, he would do everything possible to make the event a huge success. Serra was welcomed by Rio 2016 president, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and witnessed a presentation on the Olympic project. "I really liked the planning, it was a high quality presentation, " said Serra. "Everything is carefully done and that heightens our trust. I am certain that, in the world's most beautiful city, the Olympic Games will be terrific. I will do everything that I can for that to be so. "The improvements that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will leave in areas such as transportation, environment and security were highlighted by Serra. He added: "Rio de Janeiro will gain a lot in these sectors. Besides, there will be an increase in the interest for sports, like in the Rio 2007 Pan–American Games, that were a basis for this project. " Nuzman said: "It is very important that the candidates get to know the Rio 2016 project and the work that is done in the sports world. It was an honour to welcome JosÉ Serra and show what is already done and the next steps of our work. "Earlier, president Lula signed a provisional executive order that will see more than $3. 4bn dedicated to the development of airports and ports for the nation's staging of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. President Lula has already hit out at criticism of Brazil's preparations for the FIFA World Cup in particular and the new order will prioritise investment in seven ports ($416m) and renovations for 13 airports ($3. 09bn). The document also outlines that the 2014 World Cup host city limit for debt will become more flexible, and permits the National Economic and Social Bank (BNDES) to prioritise financing concessions for enterprises linked with the Rio 2016 Games. 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. comSubscribers to Major Events International can take advantage ofexcellent discounted rates for The Sport Briefing. Sign up now to receive a 20% discount on your annual licence for TheSport Briefing. Special rates are also available for company–widesubscriptions. Subscribers receive a daily digest or up to 30 stories from across every sector of the global sports industry, access to the 24–sevenwww. thesportbriefing. com website and a hard copy of the quarterlymagazine. For more information, email info@thesportbriefing. com or call +(0) 44 207 963 7888.

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