Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday received the Olympic flag from the hands of Rio de Janeiro's mayor and said she was confident that the Olympic Games to be held in that city in 2016 would be a great "success."
Rousseff received at her office at the Planalto Palace Mayor Eduardo Paes, Brazilian Olympic Committee chief Carlos Arthur Nuzman and siblings Esquiva and Yamaguchi Falcao, who respectively won silver and bronze medals in boxing in the London Olympics, the closing ceremony for which was held last Sunday.
"We want to increase the number of medals (for Brazil) at Rio 2016 and, to do that, we will need athletes like Yamaguchi and Esquiva, (who) ... without a doubt will be an example for Brazilians," said the president.
Brazil finished the London Games in 22nd place in the medal count with three golds, five silvers and nine bronzes.
The Olympic flag, which forms part of the Games' symbology and, along with the eternal flame, was received by Paes in London at the close of the 2012 Games, will be placed on display Wednesday in the Rio shantytown of Complexo do Alemao.
Afterwards, the flag will be exhibited in the residential neighborhood of Realengo and finally it will wave over the City Palace, one of the seats of the municipal government, and at the end of the year will be transferred to the Olympic Pavilion, still under construction, where the infrastructure projects linked with the Games will be showcased. EFE