Pan American Games Are Over. Brazil Now Wants the Olympics

    Brazil newspaper celebrates best Pan ever

    Brazil newspaper celebrates best Pan ever In an very positive evaluation of the 2007 Pan American Games just held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the head of the United States delegation, Steve Roush. praised the Brazilian friendliness as well as Rio's natural beauty besides the competition venues and the Pan American Village.

    Roush talked about his experience during the games and the lessons he learned.

    What was your impression of Rio de Janeiro Games' Organization Committee and the organization of the Pan American Games?

    CO-RIO has done an exceptional job in running the 2007 Pan American Games. The Athlete Village will remain a hallmark from which villages in the future will be measured at all Olympic and Pan American Games. Many of the venues were beautiful and made for excellent competition. A true indication of how well-run these Games were is that whenever an issue was brought to their attention, CO-RIO would find a quick and appropriate remedy.

    What kind of U.S. teams came to Rio de Janeiro?

    The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and sport federations sent the athletes that all deemed would benefit from their experience here in Rio. Some sports were able to provide excellent opportunities to their emerging-elite athletes while others found this to be an excellent way to prepare their national teams for their World Championships later this year.

    Did the U.S. have a medal goal coming into these Pan American Games and did you reach that goal?

    No, we didn't have a numerical goal. Our main performance goal centered around maximizing our 2008 Olympic qualification opportunities. We are very pleased with our results in those sports.

    Can you see a number of Olympians from this U.S. Team in Beijing?

    I would estimate that roughly 25% of our team in 2008 will have been a part of our delegation here in Rio.

    What are some of the memories you'll take back from these Games?

    Three main things I will take away from my experience here in Rio. One, the Brazilians' ability to live life to the fullest and enjoy it. Two, the beauty of the landscape and beaches. And three, the great friendships that I have made with so many people of Brazil that will last for years to come.

    Best-Ever Pan Am Games

    "Rio de Janeiro hosted the best-ever Pan American Games." Those were the words of Mario Vasquez Raí±a, president of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), during the Games' closing ceremony held Sunday, July 29, at Rio's Maracanã Stadium.

    Even though calling the last games (Olympic or Pan American) the best has become a tradition and a friendly gesture by the world's sports organizations heads, many people believe Raí±a was sincere.

    The ceremony was marked by alternating musical styles, with Brazilian and artists from other Latin American countries taking turns occupying the stage set up in the center of the Maracanã stadium.

    The meeting of famous MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) artists and Mexican mariachis represented the transition from Rio de Janeiro to Guadalajara, the Mexican city which will host the next Pan American Games in 2011.

    Just as was the case at the Games' opening, a spectacle of lights and fireworks marked their close. When the Pan American pyre was extinguished, 2,500 dancers performed a choreography representing the birds in the 2007 Games' logo.

    Brazilian singer Lenine, Uruguayan songwriter Jorge Drexler, Cuban singer Yusa and Ramiro Mussoto from Argentina were all involved in this Latin American musical encounter.

    Brazilian artist Elza Soares gave the final performance, singing sambas and, accompanied by a choir, the song "Cidade Maravilhosa" ("Marvelous City"), Rio de Janeiro's unofficial anthem, which was composed by André Filho.

    In his closing speech, the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Rio de Janeiro Games' Organizing Committee (CO-RIO), Carlos Arthur Nuzman, said that Brazilians had shown their capacity for organizing large-scale sporting events.

    Now the Olympics

    Honorary president of FIFA, soccer's governing body, and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), João Havelange, 90, attended the Rio de Janeiro Pan American Games' women's soccer final, held at Maracanã Stadium on July 26.

    The former athlete, who participated in the swimming competitions at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the water polo competitions at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, was impressed by what he saw in Rio.

    "As a Brazilian, I feel really proud. The success in the organization of the Games is proof that Rio de Janeiro is capable of hosting any kind of big event," said Havelange, who won the silver medal in water polo at the 1951 Pan Am Games in Buenos Aires.

    "I have been active in sports for more than half a century, but I confess that I was amazed by the outstanding way the Brazilian Olympic Committee organized and ran the competitions. I am thrilled to have seen that the country really is prepared to host the World Cup, and even the Olympic Games.

    The evidence is right in front of our eyes," concluded the former president of FIFA, for whom the stadium built especially for the Rio Games was named. It is popularly known as the "Engenhão", a reference to the neighborhood where it is located.

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    • No Name

      Cilie to Montevideo and bus em into Rio.

    • João da Silva

      Brazilian Dude
      [quote]We still haven’t learned to vote… Osama Bin Lula did get re-elected, after all, and still scores high approval ratings… [/quote]

      Dude, people like us know how to vote. I bet you knew the dangengers of electing OB Lula right when he first sttod for the Presidential elections. What surprised me was that a vast majority of educated people elected him in 2002 fully knowing that he was not going to perform. The first scandals broke out in May 2005 and his government stopped functioning. The 3 Southern states which elected him in 2002 did not Reelect him in 2006 including the educated and ill informed ones. He gave lots of bullshit in the North and the Northeast and of course he was relected, though in the second round and with a thin margin.

      But the way he is behaving gives an impression that he wants to stay in power for EVER. He is already talking about a War in the next yearÀ‚´s Municipal elections!. That does me the creeps. Remember “SÀƒ£o Paulo Forum”.

    • Brazilian Dude

      j. da silva
      No sweat. There were actually t-shirts made in support of the rhino… maenwhile, in SÀƒ£o Paulo, a theater group popularized a candidate for governor Called Ubu, who was a self-proclaimed thief, swindler and sexual pervert.His promises included massive public debauchery (anal sex being a common component) and corruption on an unprecedented scale, and his campaign motto was “Horror por horror, Ubu para Governador”
      The 80’s were… wierd.
      We still haven’t learned to vote… Osama Bin Lula did get re-elected, after all, and still scores high approval ratings…

    • João da Silva

      Brazilian Dude
      Thanks Dude for clarifying about Macaco TiÀƒ£o and Rinoceronte Cacareco.With this info,Pinga must be able to research further!

    • Brazilian Dude

      another famous voted animal
      A while after, another of the zoo’s denizens was quite well-voted in an election, the “Rinoceronte Cacareco”, this time for the position of mayor…

    • Brazilian Dude

      Elections
      Actually, the monkey was an ill-humoured chimp who was infamous for flinging crap at onlookers, named “Macaco TiÀƒ£o”. At the time, generalized opinion was that it would be better than the human options available, given the fact that it would be quite satisfied with bananas, without having to swindle millions from public funds…

    • João da Silva

      J.Pinga
      [quote]You CAN’T be serious? Can you? I know folks have voted in people while still serving time in Jail, and IÀ‚´ve even heard of a corpse being elected, but a gorilla??? Do tell.[/quote]

      I am serious and lots of well informed Brazilians in their late 30À‚´s and above would remember it and correct me if I am wrong. This happened just aftr the Military Government handed over the power to the civilians and free elections were held to choose the representatives at all levels (Municipal,State and Federal). At tht time, the electronic ballot machines had not yet been invented (btw, these machines were developed in our state) and still paper ballots were being used. So the people were entitled to select the candidates listed or annul their votes by writing whatever they wanted (or disfiguring the ballot paper). So many caricas wrote the name of the Gorilla and (if I recall the name correctly” “Tio MacacÀƒ£o” (Uncle Big Monkey). The Gorilla got more votes than many candidates! Of course, its election was held null and void,probably it didnt file proper papers with the TRE!!

      Probably, your better informed Brazilian friends will be able to throw more light on this incident. But I was chagrined,since the idiotic voters in Rio threw away their votes,while we in the South were carefully listening to the campaign promises of our candidates. Remember, the voting is obligatory in this country.

      Coming back to Cariocas: They are not bad people.But sctratch a Carioca and you will find a real whiner.Never ever ask him how he is,because he will come out with a long list of complaints. I am not kidding. I have a couple of acquaintances here and when I meet them, I take ear plugs!!! Mind you, they are all more educated than I am. I get amused,as they provide me with free entertainment!!!!!

    • João Pinga

      [quote]I dont know how long you have been living in Rio, but we dont take the Caricas very seriously. I still remember that about 20 years ago, [b]they voted for a gorilla in their zoo for one of the elected posts![/b][/quote]

      You CAN’T be serious? Can you? I know folks have voted in people while still serving time in Jail, and IÀ‚´ve even heard of a corpse being elected, but a gorilla??? Do tell. 😉

      And you are corrrect, very take take Cariocas seriously…

    • ch.c.

      “And beware of Carioca invitations, they are often friendships of the moment, like promises of politicians quickly forgotten.”
      Sure….they even forget when they put by “inadvertance” their hand…..IN YOUR POCKET !

    • João da Silva

      American in Rio
      [quote]If Rio were to get the Olympics, maybe we’d finally get the $Billions in infrastructure the city needs. So, it might be a good thing. Obviously the Federal government would have to pay for the vast majority of the costs and the City and State don’t have the money.
      [/quote]

      Why should we the Tax Payers from the rest of the country contribute further to renovate the Infrastructure in Rio? For me it does not make any sense. The original budget for the PAN games was 400 Million Reais and the final cost was 3.2 Billions. What benefit did the games bring to the citizens from other states? The same thing will happen with Olympics. Besides, who was responsible for destroying the infrastructure of Rio? Not us. The cariocas and their elected officials. Now they want to revive RioÀ‚´s image by bringing in PAN, paying to include Christ, the RedeemerÀ‚´s statue as one of the 7 new wonders of the world and trying to bring in the Olympics. I dont know how long you have been living in Rio, but we dont take the Caricas very seriously. I still remember that about 20 years ago, they voted for a gorilla in their zoo for one of the elected posts! You want the tax payers to contribute to their reckless their indulgence?

      If they want to better their infrastructre,in my opinion, the right thing would be to sell off their favelas to billionaires like Donald Trump. If they dont like that idea, I am sure there aer plenty of Brazilian companies, like Rede Globo, who could pitch in. As long as they dont ask the Federal money,which of course comes from our pockets,it is fine with me.

    • American in Rio

      Well it might be a good thing….
      If Rio were to get the Olympics, maybe we’d finally get the $Billions in infrastructure the city needs. So, it might be a good thing. Obviously the Federal government would have to pay for the vast majority of the costs and the City and State don’t have the money.

    • João PInga

      In regards to the Olympics, weÀ¢€™ll itÀ¢€™s def. a long shot for Brazil, so they should at least TRY knowing that in the end theyÀ¢€™ll only gain a sense of and experience in the “process”. The IOC is corrupt to the core, as has been proven time and time again, so Brazil will probably do quite well in the future courting these fat cats once they learn the nuances. Still, there are a number of other countries in line ahead of Brazil already primed for the headaches and debts of hosting the Olympics.

      Maybe Brazil should really try for the 2018 WINTER Olympics, just to show the world they have a sense of humor…

      [quote]WHO THE HELL wrote that propaganda crap?[/quote]

      It was really bad. You can actually see the national insecurity oozing out of every question. Grow up already.

    • bo

      [quote]…
      written by aes, 2007-07-31 02:48:23
      The federal police are not leaving. And beware of Carioca invitations, they are often friendships of the moment, like promises of politicians quickly forgotten. [/quote]

      LMAO…..you’re learning!! But wouldn’t say it’s only carioca’s, it’s truly a phenomena that exists all throughout brazil. Can’t tell ya how many times my first 12 months in brazil that I would be invited to join someone at a bar or restaurant the next day, or in a few days from the night of the invitation, where we were all drinking, laughing, and having a good time. Only to arrive at the destination on the day and time agreed upon and waited, waited, waited, and waited….NADA! No one!! And it didn’t happen only one or two times, it happned time and time again. Finally my brazilian wife at the time said, “Bo, people here do that, you always need to phone the day of the so-called meeting and confirm the person wasn’t talking out his ass…..because 90% of the time they were.

    • Brazilian Dude

      ??!!WTF??!!
      WHO THE HELL wrote that propaganda crap? YEAH, RIGHT, let’s turn off our brains and critical sense and deny reality! Pollyanna on mescaline! Brazil is as ready to host the Olympics as it is to set up a manned mission to Mars. We have no decent roads, railways, hospitals, ports, schools, police… Our airports and airspace are a f-u-c-k-i-n’ horror movie, while Osama Bin Lula flies in his private luxury multimillionaire jet.. need I go on?

    • aes

      The federal police are not leaving. And beware of Carioca invitations, they are often friendships of the moment, like promises of politicians quickly forgotten.

    • forrest Brown

      money
      look at how much over buget china is and still going

      brasil would be so far in debt trying to do it they would have to give up carvinal for 6 years just to try to start to build
      a system to make the games work

    • bo

      dream on, dream on.
      where would they land??? Chile?

    • doggydaddy

      Observer
      Good luck..Boa sorte, am sure when the federal police reinforcements leave all will revert back to normal.Ifyou get the drift!

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