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London mayor 'refuses' Olympic handover

Updated: 2012-08-11 11:12
By Huan CAO ( chinadaily.com.cn)

It was only a replica Olympic flag which Mayor of London Boris Johnson refused to hand over to Eduardo Paes, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, on Friday, drawing laughter from the audience, but in one days' time the 2012 Games in the British capital will come to close, and the baton will have to be handed over for real.

Johnson and Paes met on Friday to outline how their two cities will continue to work together to ensure a smooth handover of the Olympic flag, and agreed that the 2012 London Games were a huge success.

Impressed by the success of London 2012 so far, Paes underlined that the Brazilian city was keen to follow London’s example in hosting the biggest international sport festival.

The two host cities have been working together closely since Rio was awarded the 2016 Olympics.

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