It’s RIO !
Was engrossed in exciting CNN coverage in Copenhagen,Denmark of the Awarding the Olympics Ceremonies….It was four cities….Chicago was surprisingly eliminated in the first round,even though President Obama and the First Lady made a personal pitch…The underdog,Tokyo lost out in the second round of Voting
It was down to Rio and Madrid
I was rooting for Rio….The Olympics have never been held in South America…and this is what must have swung the votes for Rio….even though Juan Antonio Samaranch,ex president of IOC made a last minute passionate pitch for Madrid saying he was 89 and would not be around much longer….also London is hosting the 2012 Summer Games…so to move away from Europe would also be logical….also Luis Inacio Da Silva,the President of Brazil made a very emotional pitch,urging IOC to give Brazil a Chance and a new part of the World and a country with 400 million people to experience first hand what the Olympic Movement is all about
Also the short audio visuals from both Spain and Brazil were fabulous…but Brazil scored great heart points when they showed the map of the World that highlighted that there were 30 Winter and Summer Games already held in Europe,12 held in North America but 0 in South America !
So when Jacques Rogges,President of IOC opened the Envelope and announced RIO,the Brazilian Delegation went wild…with Football Legend,Pele in tears of Joy….But there were Tears of Sadness in Madrid…they lost out yet again…they lost to London for the 2012 Games and now to Rio for the 2016 Games
It’s only early afternoon in Rio right now…and the thousands who have gathered at the Copacabana Beach have been swaying to the Samba and the Rhythm since morning…The party is going to last into tomorrow and the weekend
So within a span of seven years,Brazil will host the FIFA Football World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016
So now from the Emerging Economic Superpowers BRIC….that’s Brazil,Russia,India and China….it’s only us,India now that has never hosted the Olympics…we have had the Moscow and Beijing Olympics and now will have the Rio Olympics
India should build up it’s Infrastructure in the next Ten Years and then begin pitching strongly towards 2020 for the 2028 Summer Games
So here’s to RIO for 2016 and to India for 2028 !
And yes…and now Africa remains the only Continent where the Olympics have never been held