Celebration and transformation key themes for Rio 2016

15th Mar 2013

The focus of the Olympics when the event comes to Brazil in 2016 will be celebration and transformation, a leading figure has suggested.

Leonardo Gryner, chief operations officer of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, said the Brazilian city's unique selling point for the Games will be celebration.

He suggested Rio would be making the most of its ability to hold a party to remember when it hosts the international sporting event.

Gryner added: "I think for everybody, Brazilians and foreigners, there will be celebration - this is a magic city for that."

And he said the Olympics would showcase the positive changes that have been taking place in Rio over the past few years.

The transformation of the city started when it was preparing to host the Pan American Games in 2007, according to Gryner.

He said: "This city is living a revolution."

He said the city hit problems when it was downgraded from being the capital of Brazil. But he added things started to change for the better when it became the host city for the Pan American Games.

He went on to say he hoped the positive changes would be noticed by everyone who comes to the city for the Olympics in 2016, which will likely include many people on group holidays and tours.

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