Finally, after 120 years since the birth of the Olympic Sports movement, the Games is coming to South America in 2016.
Last Friday midnight, while the others were already in deep sleep *snoars*, I was still awake and kicking in front of the boob tube waiting for the IOC announcement of which city will get the hosting rights of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.
I channel-hopped (oops! sorry for the loss of words) from CNN to BBC, to Aljazeera. I was never been interested to the Olympics before or on any sports for that matter. In fact, I'm hopeless in every sports since I was a kid. LOL. Ok! Ok! Back to the Games...
There are four candidate cities to choose from. The four were shortlisted on June 04, 2008, becoming official candidates --- Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
Almost as dramatic as the identity of the 2016 winner was the process of the voting which saw how Chicago crashed and burned in the first round despite the Obama's last pitch. Many didn't expected, even I, that the American city will be eliminated early in the fight. Imagine, out of the 94 who voted in the initial round, only 18 went for Chicago. *stammers* What a humiliation?
Prior to the announcement, Chicago was the bookmakers favorite and was one of the two cities perceived as favorites to win the hosting rights.
Tokyo's dream to host the Olympics for the second time was shattered after the second round. Honestly, among the four cities, Tokyo is my least favorite. Why? Because its bidding logo doesn't work for me. LOL. Yeah, true. It doesn't strike me or my eyes either. From a country that produces state-of-the-art, super wacky or out-of-the-box designs from cars to clothes, it disappointed me.
Though Tokyo's bid stressed on an eco-friendly Games, youth involvement and solid financial guarantees *$$$*, their words just fell on the stony ground after they got 20 votes in the second round. I think, Tokyo suffered from rotation of continents philosophy.
The Spanish capital was well-beaten in the final round, getting just 32 of the 98 votes. That meant second consecutive defeat for Madrid which also had bid in vain for 2012. Madrid earned high during the application phase and being a highly recognized national capital is a plus factor. However, like in Tokyo's case, Madrid may have also suffered from rotation of continents philosophy. Take note that Europe will be the venue of the next two Olympics, the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
I love Rio, it's my bet after Madrid, but I still doubt if they can deliver a good Olympics. Why did I said so?
1. The Games has never been to South America before putting the Latinos' capabilities to pull a good show in question
2. Among the four candidates, Rio de Janeiro has the most infrastructure works to do
3. Rio's high crime rate
4. Financial security - Brazil will also staged the World Cup Finals just a mere two years before 2016
But, Rio de Janeiro has still 7 years to prepare. I hope they can pull a wonder and make the 2016 Olympics a big, brash and flamboyant show that the people of the world could possibly hope for.