Good news for Latinos, the Olympics are coming to Rio. Other than Madrid and Rio, the other 2 finalist cities would not have been easily visited by Latinos. I’m glad Chicago didn’t win. I mean, I love the city of Chicago, but it’s, well, in the USA, and Latinos have a really tough time getting visas there 😦
On a side note, my father wouldn’t watch a minute of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he’s seen so much brutal poverty in China that he couldn’t stomach the fabulously expensive games for the elite… Rio will likely be more of the same.
Now it remains to be seen if Peruvian authorities will support Peruvian athletes leading up to the Olympics and put together a good team…
Probably not. Too many special interests involved. A corrupt IPD is only interested in their own pocket books.
I wrote a scathing post last year criticizing the IPD and the Peruvian TKD federation: http://rachelinperu.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/perus-last-shot-at-an-olympic-medal-is-knocked-down/
Athletes are pretty much left on their own in Peru and many of them (even the trainers) despite their national pride have expressed their desire to go to other countries and pursue their athletic passions abroad.
Here’s another post about the Peruvian government’s disloyalty to its dedicated athletes:
Thanks Rachel. It’s sad how talented athletes get no support, even in futbol.