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Lula da Silva optimistic about Rio's Olympic bid

Lula da Silva optimistic about Rio's Olympic bid

Rio de Janeiro would host one of the best Olympics ever if it gains the right to host the 2016 Olympics, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday.
"Brazil, representing South America, has potential and competence," Silva said in his weekly radio program. "(It) can host one of the best Olympic games that the world will ever see."
Silva met with the IOC inspection team last Thursday and made an impassioned pitch for Rio, saying South America is long overdue to host the games and Brazil deserves a chance.
The Brazilian leader noted that winning the bid would probably not mean as much to the other cities competing for the right to host the games: Tokyo, Chicago and Madrid.
"It would be just another Olympics to them," Silva said. "To Brazil, it would show that we definitely want to participate in this globalized world."
He said the nation's hosting of the 2014 World Cup and Rio's successful Pan American Games in 2007 are all plus points for the city.
IOC members spent five days evaluating sports venues, media facilities and the city's plans for security, transportation and the overall infrastructure. They left Saturday saying they were "very impressed" with Rio's bid.
The IOC team had already toured Chicago and Tokyo and are now visiting Madrid.
The winner will be announced on Oct. 2 in Copenhagen.