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.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest London politics news

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Holloway Prison. Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA

Holloway Prison is to close, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said this afternoon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A Londoner hoping for a fun family day at Winter Wonderland was charged £3,731 for parking (Picture: Manish Wadhwani/ NCP)

A great £5 parking deal in Portland Square turned into a nightmare for one family when the dad was charged £3,731 instead, maxing out his credit card and leaving him to borrow money from his sister.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Squatters at West End Lane

Squatters occupying the council’s former offices in West Hampstead say they are willing to discuss handing back the keys - but would like use of the building to provide Christmas dinner for homeless and elderly people.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
A commuter gives Boris a rude gesture (John Stillwell/PA Wire)

Londoners hurled abuse at Boris Johnson as he opened the city’s first segregated cycle superhighway.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Junior doctors held a massive protest in London last month over the contracts and now plan to strike for three days in December (Picture: Naomi Ackerman/ London24)

London medics will join junior doctors nationwide in a ‘full walkout’ December 8 and 16 and offer only emergency care on December 1 after 98 per cent voted in favour of industrial action, the BMA said today.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Medical workers at a prevoius rally in London. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A ballot is due to close that could lead to tens of thousands of junior doctors going on an “all-out” strike in London for the first time ever.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

Read more
You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Read more

Latest Tech News