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Lula's Passion, Geography Played Key Roles In Rio Getting '16 Games
Published October 2, 2009
|Lula's Passion Deemed
Critical In IOC Presentation
A CASE FOR SOUTH AMERICA: Rio in its presentation continued to stress that it presents the IOC an opportunity to "make history by bringing the Olympics to a continent that has never hosted them before." Rio dared IOC members "to be bold and to open their movement" to South America. Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: "The opportunity now is to expand the games to new continents. Light the cauldron in a tropical country, in the most beautiful of cities." Rio 2016 Chair Carlos Arthur Nuzman insisted that Rio is an "emerging economy that has helped redraw the world's economic map" (WSJ.com, 10/2). The Rio bid "also tried to dispel worries about crime." Rio Gov. Sergio Cabral: "We know that some of you have questions about security. Changes have been made, happily as a result of sport" (NYTIMES.com, 10/2). Lula said, "I honestly believe that it is Brazil's time. Among the top 10 economies in the world Brazil is the only country that has not hosted the Olympics. ... Rio is ready, give us the chance and you will not regret it." In London, Paul Kelso in a live blog wrote, "It's stirring stuff, the equal of [President] Obama's set-piece earlier." Rio delivered "exactly what the members were expecting and made a powerful case" (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 10/2). In Manchester, Burnton & Ronay in a live blog wrote, "Lula is nailing it. He's pushing all the buttons about the inclusivity of the Olympic movement and sending a message to the world. The logic is overwhelming. ... Exit to what sounds like much louder applause than either of the Obamas got. Really well done, that. Lula did the job" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 10/2).
MADRID'S PRESENTATION: In N.Y., Juliet Macur noted Madrid, the last presentation, "focused on the mantra, 'Sport makes us equal. It makes us better,' and emphasized that Madrid enjoys more support among its residents than competing cities." Spain Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said, "Our candidacy is reliable because it is united politically and united with the feelings of the population and because it has shown that it could learn and improve." Former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch during the presentation "went as far as asking the IOC members for a personal favor when he addressed the crowded room." Samaranch: "I’m very near the end of my time, I’m 89 years old. I ask you to consider granting my country the honor and also the duty to organize the Games and Paralympic Games in 2016" (NYTIMES.com, 10/2). REUTERS' Kevin Fylan wrote Samaranch "made an emotional appeal to the hearts" of IOC members (REUTERS, 10/2). AROUND THE RINGS' Mark Bisson noted Spain King Juan Carlos "produced what could be a game-changing performance for Madrid," delivering a "fiercely emotional plea to IOC members." The city's bid "gathered momentum and ended with a flourish" (AROUNDTHERINGS.com, 10/2). The TELEGRAPH's Kelso wrote, "Madrid is clearly pitching to be the no-risk option, hoping to inherit the 2016 Games after Rio and Chicago kick each other to death" (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 10/2). The GUARDIAN's Burnton & Ronay wrote, "Maybe they'll get the 2020 games, eh, because they've got a bogglingly small chance of getting this one" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 10/2).
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