Lula and Brown Will Sign Cooperation Agreement For London 2012 And Rio 2016
By Dialogo November 02, 2009The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, will sign an agreement on Wednesday to allow cooperation between the organizers of the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The memorandum of understanding will allow the organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to take advantage of the experience already acquired by the organizers of the London Games, official sources said today. The signing of the sports cooperation agreement between the two countries was announced by the the Brazilian president’s spokesman, Marcelo Baumbach, at a press conference granted in order to provide details on Lula’s agenda during his visit to the United Kingdom next week. Among the various matters to be discussed by Lula and Brown at their meeting in London on Wednesday evening, sports cooperation will be especially important, according to the spokesman. “There are significant possibilities for cooperation in view of preparing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016, given that London will be the host of the 2012 Olympics,” Baumbach affirmed. “For this reason, a memorandum of understanding in the area of sports cooperation will be signed, in order to guarantee that Rio de Janeiro will be able to take advantage of London’s experience in organizing the Olympics,” he added. Rio de Janeiro was chosen a month ago by the International Olympic Committee as the host of the Games of the Thirty-First Olympiad, an honor for which Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago also competed. The 2016 Games will be the first in Olympic history to be organized by a South American city.