Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced, Monday in Rio de Janeiro, how Brazil will attract votes for their prospective candidacy for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The event took place on the same day as the International Olympic Day. Brazil passed onto the second phase of selection by the International Olympic Committee, held in Athens, on the 4th of June.
The Minister of Sports of Brazil, Orlando Silva, the state governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral and the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman accompanied President Lula in his unveiling of plans at the Guanabara Palace.
The official flag of the city's candidacy for the 2016 Olympic and Para-Olympic Games has already been dispersed throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro. It was raised for the first time on Monday at the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro.
At the event, many past and present Olympic athletes were on hand. The mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Cesar Maia, signed the transfer of money in the order of 500,000 U.S. dollars to the International Olympic Committee so that Brazil can continue to stay in the hunt of the 2016 Olympic host country.
President Lula singed an agreement that will create the Committee of Action Management which will help organize the planning of Rio's candidacy.
Lula will also sign a presidential decree that will liberate nearly 40 million U.S. dollars to the Ministry of Sports to help support the sporting activities towards the candidacy of Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil has until the 12th of February of 2009 to hand in to the International Olympic Committee the so-called Candidacy Report, in which the country will address 17 specific issues and answer more than 260 questions.
The report will build upon the initial proposals submitted by each country earlier in January of 2008 when the candidates presented their Aspirations Questionnaire.
January's report was also accompanied with all the necessary details of the realization of the event in each respective country.
According to the Minister of Sports of Brazil, Orlando Silva, the government has strong convictions that the mere candidacy of the country for the 2016 Olympics will have great legacies for the future of the state of Rio de Janeiro , as well as the country as a whole.
"With the great success of the 2007 Pan-American Games held in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the international sporting authorities have taken more notice of our country and have taken more interest in what we have to offer," said the minister.
Orlando Silva claims that the Brazilian government, in partner with the Brazilian Olympic Committee, is going to construct a megastructure called the Federal Institute of Sporting Excellence, in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
The center, according to the minister, will be a "point of reference throughout all of Latin America in relation to sports."
Apart from that, the structure built by the government, the Deodoro Complex that will be used for the 2011 World Military Games, will be available for the Olympic athletes and national teams of 2016 to train and prepare for the Olympic event.
The Brazilian federal government informed that works such as the Program for the Acceleration of economic Growth (PAC) and other integral governmental works of the state of Rio de Janeiro, hope to guarantee the revitalization of the port region of the state.
Areas such as the Maracana Complex and the Joao Havelange stadium, also known as the Engenhao and home of the Vasco soccer team, are targets of betterment.
Such improvements will be gambles that the state and city governments are willing to take in order to attract the votes of the International Olympic Committee and win the candidacy of the 2016 Olympic Games.
According to the state's governor, Sergio Cabral, the local society, organizations and social movements will be able to actively participate in the city's campaign for the Olympics.
By doing so, Cabral hopes to show the International Olympic Committee just how important the Games are to the country.
The other three cities that are still in contention for the 2016 Games are Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid.