Posted by: changholt | October 5, 2009

Another reason to go to Brasil!

Congratulations Brasil!

Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games! This is not only exciting for Brasil but South America as whole. In the past Europe has hosted the Olympics 30 times, Asia five, Oceania two and North America 12, (including eight in the US). This is the first to be held in South America….about time! As Brazilian President Lula stated, “the opportunity now is to expand the Games to new continents”.

The Olympics don’t have the luster they once had but by sharing the excitement of the games with the rest of the world there has been a renewed fervor and interest in the Olympics. Even as long time China hand, I was even surprised and excited by the Beijing Olympics, especially the opening ceremony. Most of the world still thought the Chinese only rode bikes, sold cheap products and wore “mao” suits. They were obviously surprised at the technical, theatrical and precision of the 2008 Olympic Games. Simply put I can’t wait to see what Brasil has to offer. From its love of soccer, its multicultural ethnic makeup, its incredible cuisine(not to forget the , to its festival atmosphere I guarantee Brasil is going to add its own unique imprint to the Olympic tradition.

And don’t forget that Brasil is also hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup!

Congratulations Brasil …. all eyes are on you!

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