Rio Will Be Able to Benefit from London’s Successes and Mistakes
By Dialogo March 29, 2010British Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell, responsible for the 2012 London Games, affirmed that Rio de Janeiro, host of the 2016 competition, will be able to benefit from the British capital’s organizational experience. “This was the first of several meetings intended to strengthen ties between the two countries. Brazil has to take advantage of London’s experience; Brazil has a lot to learn from our mistakes and from what we got right,” Jowell noted after signing an agreement with her Brazilian counterpart, Sports Minister Orlando Silva. In the British minister’s view, London “made the mistakes first so that Rio won’t make them later, and the most important thing is always to keep an eye on the clock. You lose control over the Olympic budget if you don’t get things done on time. Delays lead to financial loss of control.” Jowell, who met with the governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Sergio Cabral, and with the mayor of the state capital of the same name, Eduardo Paes, signed an agreement for cooperation and the exchange of experiences between the cities that will host the next two Olympics. “The agreement has as its objective to maximize business and investment opportunities between the countries involved in organizing major sports events, like the Olympics and the 2014 Brazilian World Cup,” the British Consulate noted in a statement.