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At UN Olympic Baton Passes from London to Rio de Janeiro

29 July 2013
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) presides over the symbolic handover of the Olympic baton between Mark Lyall Grant (right), Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, and Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Permanent Representative of Brazil.

New York (UN/UNOSDP) — Today at the United Nations there was a handing over of a symbolic baton between United Kingdom's Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, to Brazil's Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado for the Rio 2016 Games. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presided over the symbolic hand-over.

UK Ambassador Lyall Grant : '"The London 2012 Paralympics caught all of our attention with again, with the largest participation ever and the largest audience ever for disability sport. The United Kingdom continues to work with the International Paralympics Committee to help increase and support their membership while sharing our experience with other countries as we work to change attitudes toward disability and toward disability sport."

Secretary-General Ban said in his remarks: "Today our eyes turn towards the next host of the Summer Olympic Games. At the United Nations the word Rio will always be linked with the sustainable development thanks to the landmark conference, the Summit in 1992 and Rio+20 last year. Often we talk about being on the road from Rio but today we set of to the road to Rio, to the 2016 Olympics."

Before receiving the baton from Ambassador Lyall Grant, Brazilian Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado said that his government remained committed to "fostering and adopting public policies so as to ensure that hosting these events will help generate more jobs," while improving Brazil's "wide infrastructure and increased opportunities for the Brazilian youth."

After the London Summer Olympics and Paralympics held in 2012 in the United Kingdom, the next Summer Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.

Watch the event (UN Web TV archive): http://webtv.un.org/watch/rio-2016-olympics-handing-over-of-symbolic-baton-at-the-un/2572847193001

Access the TV feed here: http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/2013/07/un-2013-olympics

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