At London's 2012 Olympics, Talking Rio 2016
The countdown clock at the entrance to Somerset House read 1,459 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes, and 12 seconds until the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when I paid a visit on Tuesday afternoon. The massive, six-floor, neoclassical quadrangle north of the Houses of Parliament on the River Thames is serving as Casa Brasil, the country’s home away from home during the London Games. In a parlor on the second floor appointed with pastel throw pillows and prints and a potted palm tree, I met with Marcelo Haddad, director of Rio Negócios, a wing of the mayor’s office dedicated to drumming up investment in the city ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
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