Olympic baton passes from London 2012 to Rio 2016Listen / The handing over of the symbolic Olympic baton took place at the United Nations on Monday, going from London, the host city for the 2012 Olympics, to Rio de Janeiro, host city for the 2016 Olympics.
Before receiving the baton from Ambassador Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom, Brazilian Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado promised that hosting the Olympics would be good for Brazil and its international visitors.
“My Government remains committed to fostering and adopting public policies so as to ensure that hosting these events will help generate more jobs together with the improvement of our nationwide infrastructure and increased opportunities for the Brazilian youth. The great economic and social transformations that Brazil has undergone in the last decade will undoubtedly be portrayed during these large scale sporting events.”
At the event Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said even though the word "Rio" will always be linked with sustainable development thanks to the landmark conferences of 1992 and 2012, now the word "Rio" means the host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Gerry Adams, United Nations