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October 02, 2009

I think they're pumped

They've got a great promotional clip at any event. The music's infectious.

Maybe Danilo, our contributor in Brazil, will leave a comment and tell us what the local reaction was to the IOC announcement.

Posted by joke du jour at October 2, 2009 06:06 PM

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Hello one more time Jdj,

The local reaction here was fantastic. In other states rather than Rio de Janeiro(The name of the state is the same of the city, like São Paulo) the people celebrated the honor of making the olympics party.

TV: shows president Lula as the major responsible for that, shows the city of Rio happy and show other cities offering support for it.

I hope everything goes ok. If you want my sincerely opinion, i can write it another time.

But i'm happy it's here.

Posted by: Danilo Balarini at October 3, 2009 11:03 PM

Hi Danilo

Thanks for commenting. If there's more you'd like to write, I'd like to read it and I think others would, too.

I thought it interesting that this is the first time the Olympics will be held in a South American city.

What are they singing in the Portuguese song?

Posted by: JdJ at October 4, 2009 07:32 AM

Hello again,

They are singing this:

The people are happy with the Olympics, but we brazilians give a walk behind when things are in the hands of politicians. Corruption is very well known by all.

When Rio was the city of the Panamerican Games, before the construction of everything, politicians said they were going to spent x money. At the end of everything, they spent 3x or more. No one knows at all. And is difficult to put some important people in jail here.

Let's wait and see... before Olympics, is going to happen World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Maybe a preliminar before the big party.

Posted by: Danilo Balarini at October 8, 2009 01:18 PM

Thanks for the translation, Danilo. That's a nice song.

I'm sure we'd have the same problem with cost overruns if the games were going to be held in the US. In fact, many people in Chicago opposed the games because they didn't want to pay all the bills involved. They obviously didn't believe Mayor Daley's claim that no tax money would be involved.

And check out this article about what it cost Beijing (and China) to host the 2008 Olympics.

Posted by: JdJ at October 8, 2009 04:35 PM

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