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Brazil's President Pleads For Votes

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AFP reports Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pleaded with South American and African International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegates Sunday to throw their votes behind Rio. 2016.

Lula reportedly told a South American-African political summit in Venezuela "I'd like to ask your delegates in the IOC to vote for Rio de Janeiro on October 2 which would bring the Games to the South American continent for the first time".

He added, "Brazil is the only great world economy never to have staged the Olympics. South America has never organized the Olympics and in Latin America only Mexico has staged the Games in 1968. This cannot be a privilege reserved for the rich nations".

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Rio 2016 Summary
Bid Status: Rio won bid
Bid Date: October 2, 2009
Bid Location: IOC Congress in Copenhagen Denmark
Description: Rio last bid for the 2004 and 2012 Games but did not make the short list. The city is trying to leverage the success of the 2007 Pan Am Games in its run for the 2016 Olympics - and Brazil is currently preparing to host the 2014 World Cup.
Bid Book: Link To Bid Book
Web Site: http://www.rio2016.org.br