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Facts about the Rio Olympics
- Rio De Janeiro will host the 2016 summer Olympics.
- Brazil is also hosting the 2014 FIFA world cup! That’s a lot of work!
- In June 2013, over a million Brazilians protested about the cost of hosting both the Olympics and the World Cup. They want some more money to be given to social services and to help the poor people in Brazil.
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) takes applications from cities all around the world and decides which city should host the next Olympic games. There are 115 voting members and the cities applying are not allowed to communicate with these people directly or influence their decisions.
- There were four cities shortlisted to host the 2016 summer Olympics in 2008: Madrid, Chicago, Tokyo and Rio De Janeiro.
- Despite scoring higher points than Rio De Janeiro, Doha, Qatar did not make the shortlist. This is because they wanted to host the Olympics in October as they experience intense heat in the summer months.
- Rio has split its city into four main areas for the Olympic events to take place. The largest number of events and the Olympic Village (where the athletes and their teams live for the duration of the games) will be hosted in Barra Da Tijuca. The rest will be between Copacabana Beach, Maracana and Deodoro.
- As part of Rio’s regeneration in preparation for the Olympics, they are building 43 miles of new roads, planting 15,000 trees and creating 250 square miles of new pavements/sidewalks!
- Rio De Janeiro suffers from a lot of drug related crimes and they are working hard to make the city safer before the Olympics.
- Many people are being evicted from their homes so that the Olympic infrastructure can be built. Many of these live in Fuvelas – hand made shanty towns where the inhabitants are generally very poor. They are protesting to protect their homes.
- The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger”. Each city which wins the Olympic bid must aim to live up to this motto and this is why billions of dollars are spent by hosting cities.
Other stuff about Brazil…
- Brazil is the largest country in South America and the world’s 5th largest country in Square Miles (1st – Russia, 2nd – Canada, 3rd – China, 4th – United States, 6th – Australia).
- Brazil is the only South American country to speak Portuguese, the rest speak Spanish.
- Brazil is a republic which means it has a government which is elected by the people who live in Brazil.
- Brasilia is the capital of Brazil, not Rio De Janeiro as many people think. Rio De Janeiro was the capital city until 1960 until they changed it to encourage more people to populate the inland territory.
- Brazil is home to the famous football player, Pelé. He is widely regarded as the best footballer of all time and is treated as a national hero.
- Brazil has both very rich and very poor people. The very poor people often live in ‘Fuvelas’ which are shanty towns in the major cities. These are very small and not very well built houses which are built very close together because of overpopulation. The most famous Fuvelas are in Rio De Janeiro and can be seen on the hillside surrounding the city. The Fuvelas can be very dangerous places to live and are rife with violent crime.