Brazil celebrates Rio's election to host Olympics

11:00, October 03, 2009      

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The Brazilian press stressed on Friday the country's victory in the election to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

Local news websites stressed how Rio defeated richer and more developed countries, managing to be the first South American city to host the Games. The participation of Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who made an enthusiastic speech before the final voting, was also remembered.

The perseverance of the Brazilian Olympic Committee has been commented on as well. It was Rio's third bid to host the Olympic Games - the city had already placed bids to host the Games in 2004and 2012.

According to local daily O Estado de Sao Paulo, Rio's bid was consistent and had both government and popular support, which helped gain the confidence of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The perspectives are mostly optimistic, which can be attributed to the fact that the Brazilian economy has managed to leave the recession behind and was not as affected by the crisis as it was expected a year ago.

However, some concerns, such as the security issue, remain - Rio is widely regarded as a violent city, especially if compared to some of the other candidates, such as Tokyo.

Additionally, the city's transportation network, which was criticized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has been considered inefficient. According to the local press, the transportation is one of the sectors which most need the 14 billion U.S. dollar investments the Brazilian government has committed to make.

Despite those concerns, the Rio population celebrated the city's victory. Over 15,000 people gathered at world-famous Copacabana Beach to watch the host city announcement and watch the free concert organized by the local authorities.

Source: Xinhua
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