It's Rio!

Finally, after 120 years since the birth of the Olympic Sports movement, the Games is coming to South America in 2016.

Thanks to Rio de Janeiro!

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.

Chicago 2016

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 2016

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.

Madrid 2016

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.

Rio 2016

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.



bernardumali said...

yes at laking disappointment at bawas pogipoints ito kay obama hahaha, pero angmasasabi ko lang, impernes ang ganda sana ng logo ng rio kulang lang sa liwanag unlike madrid capture agad ay silang -sila ang logo.

.pOot! said...

hi kuya bernard!

base ka! hehe. pasensya alang prize sa unang makakapag-base. hehe!

oo nga. nag-effort pa naman sana siya na lumipad sa copenhagen para sa last-chance to sway the votes of the IOC members. si michelle naman two days na nandun to greet and meet the members. pero hindi nag-work. parang napahiya si obama dun.

among the four candidate cities' logos, pinaka-favorite ko yung sa madrid. ang ganda. it really captures the warmth of madrid. nice.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD said...

ang logo ng madrid parang design ng batang si potpot...hahaha.

pinkdiaries said...

ayus ang logo ng tokyo ah? parang common lang.. hehehe :-)

p0kw4ng said...

sa logo sa madrid din ako...

hindi ko man alam kung anong naging basehan ng mga hurado kung bakit Rio ang napili nila...sana lang magtagumpay!!

Congrats Rio!

.pOot! said...

hi father fiel!

hehe. ganun ba? pero in fairness, magaling ang batang yun kung ganun. hehe.

serious mode... ang alam ko argentinian ang nag-design ng bidding logo ng madrid. galing!

naobserve niyo ba na parang nagpa-pop out yung middle finger. hehe

.pOot! said...

hi ate pink!

oo nga. uhmmm... medyo traditional yung logo nila. musubi knot yata tawag dyan. :)

.pOot! said...

hi ate poks!

mukhang mabenta ang logo ngmadrid ah. hehe. bloggers has good taste. hehe.

siguro merong nakitang kakaiba sa rio kaya eto napili. and besides, it is somewhere new. :)

Ax said...

una ko tong narinig kay Allen! ayun, sa status nya sa feeds sa FB. Tayo kaya? yakang yaka kaya natin tong mga ganitong events? napanood ko yung youtube plan ng Rio, grabe, pinaghahandaan talaga nila.

kung sabagay, malaking part ng tourism yan kaya pinaghahandaan.

7 years. matagal pero mabilis. depende sa sitwasyon. :)

.pOot! said...

hi kuya ax!

tayo? not sure though. uhmm... siguro kong magaling ang next president natin at kung may pangarap siya para sa pinas, siguro kaya.

pinaghandaan talaga ng rio yung bid nila. this is a dream come true for them.

cheers! ingat lagi.

--- wew. gutom na ako.

OCTOBER101 said...

Ganda ng mga logo ah. I will ask nga my blog friend kung ano naramdaman niya after rio was choosen to host the 2016 olympic sports. malayo pa naman ang 2016. Marami pa ang mangyayari at madevelop. Makapag prepare pa ang brazil niyan.

.pOot! said...

hi october101!

you're a newbie here, right? thanks sa pagdaan.

yah. all the logos are stunning. esp. madrid's bidding logo. agree?

i hope so. this is the time for brazil to shine :)

good luck rio, good luck brazil.

Anonymous said...

wow! i knew it..nakita ko pa nga sa news na napaiyak ang kanilang presidente sa tuwa....

....by God's grace i might visit brazil next year....sana lang ...wish ko....

Yodz said...

I'm just happy it's Rio and not Chicago - I heard Obama is having a hard time about it.

Nash said...

yes! Imagine

tokyo? has all the money

Chicago? they have Obama who back them up but still a failure

I wonder how it feels havong the olympics in janeiro! Just imagine the awesome views!

I wanna go there! hahaha

OCTOBER101 said...

si redlan 'to. hehe

K.noizki said...

I've seen this, Madrid was cheering for their win.

But I am promoting the 2009 East Asian Games to be held in Hong Kong this 5th December. I am more than excited. I wanna see real athletes up close and personal. And I am sure I'm gonna be cheering for Pinoy delegates.


K.noizki said...

I am sorry wrong info. I think Philippines is not taking part in this event.


K.noizki said...

Nahalata tuloy na hindi ako sports-minded, haha. Mabilis lang akong mag press ng "enter" button.

precious said...

tingin ko ok nmn ung sa tokyo..may symbolism epek kc xa..prng doll ng japanese..dava? un nga lng hnd catchy..

nakow wawa c pareng barack..hekhek..

sayang gus2 ko p nmn mgsulat about sa mom ko kso bka gamitin pa laman samen..hays...dun nlng sa scret kong blog..haha..

nga pl cnxa n kng mnsn nlng mkadalaw busy kc..(ows?) eto haba nmn eh..bumabawi..gaganda p nmn ng posts mo..(sus, na smile na yan! hnd, joke lng pl! haha..)

spagetisows said...

ayun..ganda ng site mo, impernez..

ayun 2nd timer here..haha..nakow ganda sna kng africa ng host db.. loko lng!

teka ang baho d2 ah, poot ikaw b un? sows...$,$

.pOot! said...

hi kuya blu!

yah! i was really moved when i saw in the news that pres. silva of brazil cried after the announcement. maybe it was his dream.

i hope makapunta din ako sa brazil in 2016 to watch the opening ceremonies of the Games. pangarap ko kasi yun. di pa pwede sa 2012 olympics kasi kaka-graduate ko lang nyan. hehe.

thanks sa pagdaan kuya blu!

.pOot! said...

hi yodz!

baket naman? it's fine with me if chicago win the bid. it will be extravagant for sure. americans will really prepare for it.

kaya lang mas gusto ko sa madrid or rio :)

.pOot! said...

hi kuya nash!

yeah. the backdrop of rio de janeiro is perfect. the sugar mountain. the beaches. christ the redeemer. it is just perfect.

i just hope that the Games itself will be a wonder. go rio! go brazil!

.pOot! said...

hi kuya redlan!

hehe. ikaw pala yan. pasensya. hehe. :)

.pOot! said...

hi kuya K!

madrid didn't win. it's rio. hehe.

really? if hongkong will host it, it will be extravagant for sure. alam mo naman ang mga chinese. just look at the 2008 olympics. pinaghandaan ng bonggang-bongga. hehe!

yah. the philippines is not in east asia. so, it is not part of this event. hehe.

.pOot! said...

hi ate precious!

yah. medyo may sentimental value nga sa mga japanese yung ginamit nilang logo.

haha. talagang kawawa si pareng barack. tsk. tsk. poging points, wasak. hahaha.

ok lang yun ate. alam ko namang busy ka. :)

.pOot! said...

hi spagetisows!

haha. nice name. thanks sa pagdaan. and for the compilments, it made me smile. hehe.

yah. kung sa africa gagawin, sana sa south africa or sa kenya. magiging exotic olympics ito. pwede. hehe.

ANIMUS said...

di sana ko magcocoment,pero nalalagay sa alanganin ang Rio,well,to tell you..you cab expect a lot from the people of Janiero..let's see what will happen on 2016.hehe/dapat kc dito sa pinas gawin yun.hehe

word verification:crocherc

K.noizki said...

@.POOT, ang gulo. Disqualified na ako, mali lahat. Madrid – RIO parang ang layo. East Asia – Souteast Asia medyo malapit (bakit kasali ang Guam sa participating? haha kumuha pa ako ng ruler to use sa map).

Pacencia, bloated lang ako sabi nga ni TSI. Nagpahalatang BOBO ako sa geography-reading at P.E. class, pero akala ko talaga Pinas is part of EAST Asia. Thanks for pointing that out, ayan may natutunan ulit ako. Good job!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD said...

wawa naman ang US...

Kelvin Servigon said...

tama ka, hindi nga maganda ung logo ng Tokyo, the best logo ng Rio!

and ung logo nung madrid maganda din.

.pOot! said...

hi mark!

yah. i still doubt rio's capability to pull a good show. of all the candidates, only brazil hasn't proven itself. spain hosted the summer olympics once, in barcelona in 1992. usa can brag 4 olympics under its belt. and japan hosted the 1964 games. brazil? none as of today.

in RP? phew. in our dreams mark. in our dreams.

.pOot! said...

hi kuya K!

haha. it's ok kuya. siguro kuya nung tinuro yan sa inyo nung elementary ay tulog ka o jumingle ka. hehe.

wait. kasali ang guam? weh. matingnan nga sa official website. :)

.pOot! said...

hi father fiel!

kawawa talaga. the world's powerful country didn't shine this time even with obama's pitch. poor barack!

.pOot! said...

hi kelvin!

wow. napadaan siya. hehe.

yah. maganda talaga yung sa rio. it really depicts the city it's representing. the yellow represents the sun. the green, the mountains and the blue is the ocean. nice, diba?

Anonymous said...

hmmmmm.... nice choice :)

sows said...


ang loko mo din pala eh..

mkhang mapapadalas ako d2.. sows.. $,$

Allen Yuarata said...

Actually sinubaybayan ko to sa CNN nung October 2. I slept at around 5AM na. haha.

I think Chicago deserved being rooted out on the first round. They were actually hesitant at first about the Olympics coming to the US because of the fiscal crisis. Maybe that turned the IOC off.

But what surprised me is Tokyo being off the running. I mean, they offered a very good bid (much better than Rio actually). It was all for the environment.

When it was announced that Madrid and Rio were the two cities left, I knew it would be Rio. The IOC strongly discourage hosting two consecutive Olympics in the same continent eh.

But I was touched by what President Lula said to the IOC. "Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid, they all want the Olympics. However, Brazil needs it."

.pOot! said...

hi ate dhyoy!

hehe. nice talaga.

.pOot! said...

hi sows!

loko ba ako? hehe. di naman yata.

uhhmmm... exchange links?

.pOot! said...

hi allen!

haha. 5am? adik ka rin pala 'tol. may storm signal samin nung araw na yun, buti nga di nag-black out. hehe.

yeah i agree. president lula's speech really touched me. barack? not that much. but i commend his wife's effort. :)

isthiscatchyenough said...

hi din .poot!

salamat sa pag visit ha..

yeah sure! Mag survey muna ako ng mga singles out there..hehe.

stay put ka lang.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

It's an expensive project for sure and Brazil will have a lot of spending to do. I'm hoping I'll be able to visit Rio even before the Games.

isthiscatchyenough said...

nagawa ko na yung inaabangan mo na post.. eto xa oh.

Reasons why are you still single.

ANIMUS said...

yeah.in our dreams.but why not dream for 't?hey jub.have you read 'lil prince'?its a classic one.i was supposed to make a post out of it..pero im tamad to do 't.hehe'salicoth nman word verification naun!hehe...

Nash said...

aba busy ka yata di ka na dumadaan sa blog ko hmp!

livingtain said...

gusto ko yung tokyo, kasi Hapon na Hapon yung desenyo nya, maganda din yung madrid, pero subukan naman naten yung mexico, 1st time kasi nila di ba...

hoy chillzzzz....

.pOot! said...

hi kuya nomad!

yeah. hosting the olympics means spending billions of dollars. china spent almost half a trillion dollars to host the 2008 edition of the games.

can brazil do that? i still doubt it.

.pOot! said...

hi catchy!

yeah! sige, bisitahin ko mamaya. haha. may mababasa na naman ako. :)


.pOot! said...

hi mark!

oo nga naman. as an old saying goes "dreams do come true". oh ano ayos ba? hehe.

'lil prince. yeah. parang oo na. yun ba yung nakatira siya sa isang planet then he traveled in the space where he met diff. kinds of peeps? i'm not sure.


.pOot! said...

hi kuya nash!

~ yeah. medyo busy kuya. malapit na kasi ang finals namin so i really need to double up my time in studying. LOL.

don't worry kuya i'll drop by mamaya. i promise :)

.pOot! said...

hi kuya stain!

RIO is not in mexico, it is in brazil.

skipping your geography classes in high school wasn't a good idea, isn't it kuya? hehe.


ANIMUS said...

oo yun yun!a saw that book way back nung nasa ops pa tayo.ngayon ko lang pinagka interesang basahin.and id love it.hehe.bago aq pumunta dito bibigay q sana sayo ung book qng bob ong kaso baka by now nabasa mo na rin yun.:)

word verification:muzzes

.pOot! said...

hi mark!

bakit asan ka ngayon?


london olympics will be the last.

Dont forget, in 2012, Earth will end.

.pOot! said...

hi kuya KJ!

haha. yeah.