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October 2, 2009
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil wins bid to host the 2016 Olympics

“Rio, the Marvelous City and the Olympic City in 2016 – For the first time, a South American city will host the Olympic Games,” proclaimed O Globo, in Rio.

Shouts of “God is Brazilian” are sure to be echoing throughout Brazil today, as Rio de Janeiro beat out three other major cities — Tokyo, Madrid and Chicago — to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The decision, which will make Brazil the first South American country to host an Olympics, was also a political victory for Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who made a personal pitch to the Olympic committee Friday morning, just as U.S. President Barack Obama did.

Crowds in Rio danced and celebrated along the beachfront as the announcement was made.

Although doubts remain as to Rio’s ability to handle chronic problems such as lack of infrastructure, violence and pollution in time for the Games, most Brazilians, including Worldfocus producer Channtal Fleischfresser, were optimistic that the Olympics would bring jobs and prestige to the city.

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ya Says:

I think it was the right choice. Chicago may have doomed its chances by sending too many celebrities to plead its case. I think the IOU did not want to be accused of being intimidated or inflenced by celebrities.

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I think it was the right choice. Chicago may have doomed its chances by sending too many celebrities to plead its case. I think the IOU did want to be accused of being intimidated or inflenced by celebrities.

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I guess the 50 million or billion in investments Lula is expecting will be welcome. After all, they only have more oil than God himself now. I guess it’s pretty obvious what happens to poor boys who suddenly are worth millions.
But what about Sean Goldman, Mr. Lula.
What about a boy, deprived of his father, because and only because, you are friends with his family?
You and everyone else knows there is NO legal reason for the boy to still be there. That means that you are facilitating a crime……Shame on YOU. All YOUR MONEY WON’T PROTECT YOU FROM THE WRATH OF GOD…HE TOOK CARE OF BRUNA….

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