Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny
I think the reason that it was chosen is because it is in South America, and no South American countries have hosted the Olympics yet.
They're probably hoping that after the World Cup in '14, Brazil will have the security thing figured out.
First time ever for South America, the IOC is creating new markets for its brand. Brazil has been a laggard in grabbing Olympic medals. Like many countries they don't care much about sports beyond soccer. Brazil likes beach volleyball and their own martial arts, but beyond that, a yawn.
With Obama bombing in Copenhagen, it reminded me of the visit Chretien, Peterson (I think) and Mel Lastman made to Moscow in 2002 to lobby for Toronto to get the 2008 Olympic games. Beijing won by a landslide as everyone thought they would.