Rio to Host 2016 Olympic Games
Just today Rio de Janeiro was voted by the International Voting Committee to host the 2016 Olympics over Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago. Voting is conducted in two rounds and the Windy City was eliminated in the first. The 2016 Olympics would have been a great addition to the United States history in the Olympics. My question is why Rio? What advantages does it have over the other four cities? I think none. Rio might have such a large population, a little over 7 million, but it also has a soaring crime rate which poses a threat not only to its general population, but to the athletes that will be traveling there in 2016. The city itself is an old urban community right on the beach of east Brazil. In my opinion the Committee should have selected a safer, smaller city that could accommodate the large hoards of people that will be attending the games.
Rio spoke to IOC members' consciences: The city argued that it was simply unfair that South America has never hosted the Games, while Europe, Asia and North America have done so repeatedly