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3 October 2009

The Olympic samba in 2016 – congratulations Rio de Janeiro!


There was dancing in the streets in the city of Rio de Janeiro when the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2016 Olympic Games would be held in the Brazilian city. It will mark the first time that an Olympic Games has taken place in South America.

OMEGA recently extended its contract with the International Olympic Committee through 2020 and will be taking its Official Timekeeping expertise to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games.


Stephen Urquhart, president of OMEGA, said, “The people of Latin America have waited for a long time to welcome the Olympic Games to their continent. Rio de Janeiro will be a worthy host city. Brazilians have long been known as some of the most enthusiastic sports fans in the world and they will bring a special kind of energy to the Games. All of us at OMEGA congratulate them and we look forward to serving as Official Olympic Timekeeper there in 2016.”