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Havelange turns 100 in Rio; plans to attend Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Joao Havelange delivered an impassioned speech seven years ago in French, urging fellow International Olympic Committee members to choose Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics.

Part of the Brazilian's pitch included an invitation for IOC members to join him to celebrate his 100th birthday in Rio on the eve of the games.

The day has arrived.

Havelange turns 100 on Sunday and his spokesman, Sergio Martins, told The Associated Press that the former head of soccer world governing body FIFA plans to attend mass on Monday in his Ipanema neighborhood to celebrate the milestone.

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