New Brazil president fully behind Rio 2016

January 2, 2011 15:04

SAO PAULO  — New Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has assured IOC officials that her government will fully support the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Rousseff met with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge after being sworn in on Saturday in the capital of Brasilia and said Brazil will "give all guarantees" to make sure Rio can host "a great event."Rousseff is replacing former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was key in helping the Brazilian city win the Olympic bid last year.

The new leader, whose terms ends in 2014, said "Brazil will be a serious partner and will host the best Olympic Games in history."

Rogge and other IOC members were in Rio on New Year's Eve for the unveiling of the games' logo.

Rio will be hosting the first Olympics in South America.

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