4 October 2009
Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro
What a good news!Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's capital of fun and sports has won the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the city has the opportunity to channel this passion into a specific project.Click here to see the promo video of Rio.
Brazilians' devotion to sports is closely tied to national pride, which was put on show when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision to bring the Games to Rio on Friday.
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva burst into tears right in the middle of a press conference.
"This was one of the happiest days of my life, and I felt proud to be a Brazilian," said Lula.
However, sports occupy a special place in Brazilian life, and particularly in Rio.
City residents are masters and mistresses of the cult of physical beauty and its legendary beaches are for showing off physical prowess as well as sun bathing.
Thousands partied on the famous Copacabana beach into the small hours of Saturday, dancing to the infectious beat of samba music as they celebrated Rio de Janeiro's choice as the 2016 Olympics host.
"Rio loves you!" roared a crowd of 50,000 upon learning the IOC had chosen Rio over rival heavy-weights Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid.