The Olympics

BRAZIL GETS OLYMPICS.
 

The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2016 Summer Games to Rio de Janeiro on a Friday of surprises in Copenhagen that included the ouster of Chicago in first-round balloting.

 

Rio de Janeiro gets 2016 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2016 Summer Games to Rio de Janeiro on a Friday of surprises in Copenhagen that included the ouster of Chicago in first-round balloting.

South America will become a first-time host of the Summer Olympics in 2016.

The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro on a Friday of surprises in Copenhagen that included the ouster of Chicago in first-round balloting.

In Rio, nearly 50,000 people erupted in celebration, jumping and cheering in a carnival-like party on Copacabana beach. The party was expected to go well into the night, and officials said the crowd would easily surpass 100,000 people.

Madrid was the other finalist and lost by a 66-32 count to Rio on the third and final ballot, according to GamesBids.com. The fact the Summer Olympics are in London, England, in 2012 probably worked against its bid.Brazil presented ‘the passion’ of its people

Tokyo, host of the Games in 1964, was eliminated in Round 2 on Friday after collecting just 20 of 97 eligible votes.

"The other countries made proposals," said Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. "We presented a heart, a soul, and the passion of Brazil’s people."

Silva, who celebrated in Denmark with soccer great Pele, called the victory a "sacred day" in an interview with Brazilian reporters while the Cariocas, as Rio citizens are known, raised their arms to celebrate on Copacabana, frantically waving flags and hugging each other.

Rio was also unsuccessful in its Olympic bids for 1936, 2004 and 2012.

This time, Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Rudge said members of the Rio committee worked very hard.

"They did an outstanding job, I thought, with the [Pan American] Games in 2007," Rudge, who touched down in Copenhagen moments before the U.S. was eliminated, told CBCSports.ca.

"They demonstrated they could run a big event. They demonstrated they can deal with the scepticism around safety and transportation, and they built some world-class venues."World-famous backdrops Sueli Ferreira, who was sporting a hat with the Brazilian colours ? green, yellow, white and blue ? said Friday’s victory is huge for Rio and for the entire country.

"It’s going to be good for the economy, good for the people," said Ferreira, 67. "This gives us hope that things will be better here."

The Games will take place against impressive backdrops ? Rio’s stunning beaches and famous landmarks, including the Sugar Loaf mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue.

"One of the advantages Rio has over probably any other city in the world is it doesn’t matter what happens, the city is so beautiful, the people are so nice and everything is so attractive that at the end of the day you say, ‘So what, I had a fantastic time.’

"It’s probably as beautiful a city as there is in the world and nobody has more fun than the people in the community of Rio," Ferreira said.Crime and security big concerns

The biggest problems for Rio are crime and security, according to Michael Drapack, a news producer with CBC’s The National.

"Streets are regularly closed because of shootouts and gunfights on subways are not uncommon," Drapack wrote in his latest blog on CBCSports.ca. "The IOC was kind in its evaluation report when it noted Rio’s "public safety challenges."

Rudge, who did business in Rio several years ago, before entering the sporting world, is less concerned about the crime and safety in the city, saying there were "absolutely no issues at the Pan American Games" in 2007.

To enhance its bid, Rio brought its own superstar to the showdown ? Pele, the widely acknowledged "King of Soccer." He reminded voters this was the fourth time Brazil has tried for the Olympics, and the people of his country support the effort at the grassroots level.

The fact Brazil will stage the FIFA World Cup in 2014 ensures the entire country will mobilize and be ready well in advance of the Olympic cauldron being lit, said Scott Russell of CBC Sports.

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5 Responses to The Olympics

  1. David says:

    NICE…… I WISH I COULD GO.

  2. GARCIA says:

    GOOD FOR MY PEOPLE.

  3. CLAUDE PAUL says:

    RIO IS BEAUTIFUL – WHY HAVEN\’T WE TALKED ABOUT GOING THERE ?

  4. PARISE says:

    That\’s a beautiful city !

  5. TERRI says:

    Brazil\’s Rio de Janeiro is so gorgeous….. Wow !

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