Saturday, January 2, 2010

Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics - live your passion

By Anna Avalanche, Gisa Miles and Luiz Speedwell

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Especially now that Rio de Janeiro – Rio – was chosen by the International Olympic Committee, to host the XXXI Olympic Games in the year of 2016 it is very gratifying to write again about the marvelous city. Rio is still proudly celebrating a historic victory for being the first South American city to host the Olympics Games. So, Brazilians, with their beaches, fantastic beautiful nature, and the vibrant economy which recent performance has embarrassed many developing-world countries, believe that Rio — and South America — deserves the chance to show what it can do.

Yes, it is Brazil's time and it is time to light the Olympic torch in a tropical country. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed — and that lit up carnival in Rio de Janeiro, a city that knows how to party perhaps better than any other. As the decision was announced, the world forgot Rio's problems for a moment and the city was very happy and excited. This will bring a lot of investment and should bring more security as well as a big party some people think.

Given its sheer size — a country just about as large as the U.S. and with a population of 190 million — Brazil has always willing to receive this big event. Brazil has a big tourism industry, doesn’t have conflicts since 1870 (Paraguayan War) nor natural disasters (hurricane, tsunami, earthquake, tornadoes), the people is friendly, warm, and very affable with visitors. But, aside from soccer and “Carnaval”, the world has rarely have interest about it. Brazil — was the only New World country to have a monarchy and Rio was the only colony city in the world that was a capital of an Empire (the Portuguese Empire from 1808 to 1821) and Brazilian independence was peaceful because of those circumstances — has endless beaches, heavenly climate and sensual “bossa nova” culture finally started tapping its vast potential, under President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1994-2002) the best president Brazil had have until now. He had prepared the country to get its Olympic dreams to come true.

The entire Olympic bid has been extremely popular. About 85% of Rio de Janeiro citizens (Cariocas) and 69% of Brazilians supported the city's candidacy. Although Rio still has big problems to fix. As if that isn't enough to deal with, two very large issues are tourist lodgings and security. However we have plenty of time and for the biggest athletic event of all, and the Rio Olympic organizing committee has set its budget at $2.82 billion, with another $11.1 billion going to related expenses such as transport, power and security. We all hope that all promise is kept about facilities and population benefits as well as the cost will not lead to overbilling like happened at the Pan American Games of 2007.

Nevertheless winning the Games is a huge boost for Rio. The decision promises to transform a city that has fallen into disrepair since losing its capital city status in 1960 to the modernist metropolis of Brasilia. The massive investment will rejuvenate it. In fact, organizers and government administrators believe that every Brazilian “Real” spent on the Games will generate three in profit.

Rio de Janeiro proposes to hold all sporting events within the city limits—apart from the football (soccer) tournaments which would be held in the cities of Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Salvador and São Paulo—making the Games more compact and technically feasible. The proposed dates range from August 5 to 21 for the Summer Olympics, and September 7 (Independence Day of Brazil) to 18 for the Summer Paralympics.

The IOC Assembly felt it was the only city in Brazil and Latin America which possess Olympic-level facilities ready for an Olympic, a legacy hosting of XV Pan American Games in 2007. Besides that the city is owner of a unique natural beauty. The contrast between the sea with mountains and the old with the contemporary become it irresistible. The weather in Rio de Janeiro is always very agreeable and the city doesn’t depend on seasons of the year. Its attractions can be appreciated at any time of the year. The richness of its history and the contagious fun of its residents have contributed to its image as a very special destination. There are Majestic monuments, natural parks, splendid belvederes, historical buildings, glamorous beaches and more.

Rio de Janeiro has also previously hosted major sporting, business and cultural events. On the sporting front, these events have included World Cups and World Championships in many Olympic sports, and regional championships. The city staged the XV Pan American Games (over 5,650 athletes competing in 34 sports) and the accompanying Parapan American Games (over 1,150 athletes competing in 10 sports). Rio de Janeiro hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup and is going to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, two years before the 2016 Summer Olympics, which includes upgrades to security, telecommunications, and tourism infrastructure. There will also be another event previously the Olympic. The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup will be organized by Brazil and used as a test event for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The 2016 Summer Olympic program is scheduled to feature 28 sports and a total of 38 disciplines. For this major event the IOC includes rugby sevens and golf on the program for the Games. Both golf and rugby are very popular sports with global appeal.

Rio de Janeiro's Olympic slogan "Live your passion" reflects the Brazilian people's way of getting passionately involved in whatever they do. So be prepare at 2016 you have a Schedule invitation to be in Rio de Janeiro!!!

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