Rio de Janeiro will be the first Olympic Games to be held in South America. This spectacular city with be the backdrop for the world’s best athletes to compete at this the 31st Summer Olympic Games.
It is a huge task for the city and the venues to be ready for August 2016, however the IOC and Organising Committee know it can be done if not a single day is wasted.
The world got a taste for the passion and love of sport of the Brazilian people and their ability to stage a wonderful event when they hosted the Football World Cup in June/July 2014.
The Brazilians are hoping to nearly double their medal total from London 2012. They are hoping to win between 27 and 30 medals after winning 17 in 2012. The local team always gets a big boost as hosts and this will really add to the Games. The Australian Team will be hoping to get a boost from the green and gold of the local fans.
Rio de Janeiro proposes to stage the Games in four clusters around the city, with most of the venues and the Olympic Village in the western suburbs of Barra de Tijuca.Some venues were built for the Pan American Games. The biggest project will be the Olympic Park, a development that will include the village and sports venues that are supposed to remain as a training center for athletes from South America.
Opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the famous Maracana Stadium was renovated ahead of the 2014 Football World Cup. The budget for infrastructure for the Rio Olympics is $11 billion.
Despite some big concerns over venues not being ready and some areas back-of-house areas for media and VIPs never being completed it was a truly spectacular event that exceeded most people's expectations. The country was left devastated when the host nation was thrashed by Germany 7-1 in the sem-final and then were beaten for third by The Netherlands.
The Winning Bid
In Copenhagen on October 2, 2009, Rio de Janeiro had an overwhelming victory in the host city elections for 2016. The city will be the first South American host in the history of the Games.Chicago with the US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as part of the presentation were the favourites. But they failed to inspire and to many people's disbelief Chicago went out in the first round of voting only securing 18 of a possible 94. Madrid had 28, Rio 26 and Tokyo 22.
Tokyo, who are the only city to have hosted previously back in 1964, went out in round 2 with 20, while Rio had 46 and Madrid 29. Madrid who went very close to winning the 2016 Games from London secured 32 votes in the final vote with Rio dominating with 66. (Tokyo went on to win the 2020 vote and Madrid were left bitterly disappointed again).
Rio de Janeiro had the enchanting story - of about 400 million sports-mad people on a giant untapped and vibrant continent yearning, hoping, that the Olympics finally might come to them. They confronted the crime problem in Rio head on, promised that with their vibrant economy finance is no problem and stressed it is South America's time - 'It is time to address this imbalance'. At the famous Copacabana beach where beach volleyball will be play 50,000 residents cheered at the result and the partying went for days.