London 2012 “the best Olympics ever” admits Rio mayor

17:09 10 August 2012

Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, with Mayor Johnson: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, with Mayor Johnson: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The London Olympics have been “the greatest Games ever,” said the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro today.

Rio, which will host the next Olympic Games in 2016, has “lots of trouble, lots of work” to match up to this summer’s extravaganzain the capital city, said city mayor Eduardo Paes.

He was speaking at a joint press conference with London mayor Boris Johnson.

“As we predicted you just did the greatest Games ever,” said mayor Paes.

“I really want to congratulate Mayor Boris Johnson for leading the city of London into these great Games.

“These are Games of legacy, I’ve been to London many times and it’s amazing what you did in the area of the Olympic park.

“The logistics of the operation, the mobility of the people in London is really something.

“We came here for a little advice from Mayor Boris and we’re going to use the lessons we learned here in London for Rio’s Games.

“The city of Rio, it’s not as rich as yours, but we’re in good shape now.”

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