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posted Oct 3, 2009


All things considered Rio was the obvious choice.

Madrid was struggling with Europe staging the 2012 games and Tokyo was hampered with Asia having staged the 2008 games so that left Chicago and Rio.

The US had already staged the Games in 1984 and 1996 plus the Salt Lake City fiasco was still fresh in the delegates minds. Obama, great orator that he is, sent out a yucky message of support which hardly helped Chicago's cause.

South America never having staged the games coupled with Brazil being seen as an emerging economy was the obvious choice if only by default.

IOC members, their wives and families will enjoy Rio and it's five star luxury and security. Ordinary sports fans should be more wary.

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posted Oct 3, 2009

I really don't know about this.
Surely before such an immense event comes to Rio, they're going to have to pull out all the stops to try and clean up the city, but at what cost? Will they just shift out all the street kids and favellas until they're out of sight and out of mind? I think the Fifa World Cup in South Africa will be a bit of a test - it's all very laudable bringing these things somewhere new and developing, but there has to be some consideration given to how well equipped a place is to deal with it. You can't have such an enormous event being staged to the detriment of its people. IMO if the Games were going to go to South America, they should have gone to Santiago or Buenos Aires first. (though they're probably far too sensible to dream of committing such huge sums of cash).

And no, I don't think that this should only go to places in America and Europe for this reason. In my opinion the people of Madrid, for example, don't deserve to stage the Olympics because of the racism they have demonstrated at other sporting events such as football matches and Grand Prix races.

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posted Oct 3, 2009

RIO?You have got to be kidding.
Poverty,Crime&Pollution!A great sporting event
mix!Ditto Chicago.Tokyo too expensive!!
Madrid was a perfect location.Great people,Good
food,Wonderful enviroment! SO SAD
Good luck Brasil

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posted Oct 4, 2009

Mr. mgpensar, most of public schools dont have toilet paper because of the animal behavior of its students, not because of lack of money. We have money enough to buy food and milk to the childreen, but the make war of it going home after class. Just clarifying!

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posted Oct 4, 2009

Poverty, crime, pollution. Like London user U14159363.

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posted Oct 4, 2009

You have misquoted me- I said 'health insurance' not 'health care.' Read it properly!!

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posted Oct 6, 2009

"don't deserve to stage the Olympics because of the racism they have demonstrated at other sporting events such as football matches and Grand Prix races." Ah HA. So you believe that people need to be punished for offending you; censorship is so passe(it's European).

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posted Oct 6, 2009

Poverty,Crime&Pollution!A great sporting event
mix!Ditto Chicago. Chicago is cleaner than ANY EUROPEAN city. Show me a British city that treats its waste water as well as chicago or as such immaculate streets. Tokyo is a mess compared to Chicago(who knew gangsters could be so efficent and tidy). chicago also has a higher per capita income than any city in the EU over 100k people. Don't even think of comparing air quality

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posted Oct 7, 2009

spectatatorsteve - well it wasn't just me that was offended when some of them wore gorilla masks carrying signs saying "I'm Lewis Hamilton" and abused England's black players during a football match. Or is that ok behaviour? How would these people react if thousands of black athletes descended on Madrid? And (oh God forbid) started beating their competitors?

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posted Oct 8, 2009

comment by spectacularsteve (U9312355)
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Poverty,Crime&Pollution!A great sporting event
mix!Ditto Chicago. Chicago is cleaner than ANY EUROPEAN city. Show me a British city that treats its waste water as well as chicago or as such immaculate streets. Tokyo is a mess compared to Chicago(who knew gangsters could be so efficent and tidy). chicago also has a higher per capita income than any city in the EU over 100k people. Don't even think of comparing air quality
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So why does Chicago is NOT chosen as the best place to live???
Why does Europe is way ahead?
Something must be going right for Europe.
I support Chicago Bulls on the NBA and the company I work for is a NBA official partner.
I do not see Chicago as a dreaduful spot but it is nowhere near a Munich, Copenhagen Stockholm, or any Swiss and Austrian city. It also does not have the appeal (I am sorry but it is true) that Rome, London, Paris, etc do have and these have places within their cities that would make you really want to be there just like loads of other americans that done the trip and were welcomed here.
Face it: Chicago is a great place but nothing special and other cities in other countries are much better.
Rio may not be one of them but the day that you arrive to Chicago and get the same feeling as arriving to Rio, you would really be able to say you reach somewhere special.
Say what you say, you cannot negate that Rio has is a better postcard and that's why it is the happiest city in the workd also.

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