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Brazilian president eyes boxing gold at Rio Olympic

(Xinhua)

10:20, August 15, 2012

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) poses for a photograph with London 2012 Olympic Games' silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (L) and gold medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (R) during a ceremony to present the Olympic Flag in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, on August 14, 2012. (Xinhua/Ivaldo Cavalcante/AGENCIA ESTADO)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff expressed her hope on Tuesday that boxing would gift host Brazil a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Meeting brothers Esquiva and Yamaguchi Falcao, who won silver and bronze medals respectively at the London Olympics, Rousseff said she learned a lot about the sport from them.

She spoke highly of the two boxers who come from a poor family. "We must box all the things that get in the way of the country's development," she said, using a sport metaphor.

According to Rousseff, Brazil aims at increasing the number of medals in the Rio Olympics, and she is sure boxing will contribute a gold.

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