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British PM hails Rio's Olympic win

world Updated: Oct 02, 2009 23:21 IST
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown congratulated Rio de Janeiro on Friday on being named host of the 2016 Olympic Games, saying the city would make a "special contribution".

London will host the 2012 Games and Brown said he looked forward to working closely with Brazilian officials on the handover between the two.

"I am pleased to offer my congratulations to Rio de Janeiro on winning the right to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games," he said after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announcement in Copenhagen.

"I know very well the pride and excitement the people of Rio and indeed the whole of Brazil will be feeling tonight at the prospect of having the Olympics on home soil."

Brown added: "I have no doubt that Rio will make its own special contribution and make its own mark on this historic competition."