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Britain passes baton to Brazil for 2016 Olympics

July 29, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A year after the summer Olympics in London, Britain’s U.N. ambassador handed a baton to Brazil’s U.N. envoy, whose country will host the next summer games in Rio in 2016.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled running in London’s torch relay and said he was happy to witness Monday’s passing of the baton — “the great relay that symbolizes our common goals and values, and our commitment to use the games as a platform to promote mutual understanding and peace.”

Britain’s Mark Lyall Grant said International Inspiration, London 2012′s international sports legacy program, has “enriched the lives of more than 11 million children in 20 countries” through physical education, sport and play.

Brazil’s Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado said Rio will promote sustainable development at the 2016 Olympics.

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