Rio to host 2016 Olympics

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MARCO WERMAN: I'm Marco Werman. This is The World. And the winner is:


WERMAN: And the cheers erupt in fine Brazilian fashion on Rio's famed Copacabana Beach. Rio was chosen today as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sorry Madrid...and Chicago...and Tokyo. Regina Zappa is a freelance journalist in Rio. She's just come back from Copacabana Beach. .And what's the scene there like, Regina?

REGINA ZAPPA: People were very nervous and the expectation was big waiting for the announcement. When the announcement came, it was so happy, and people were celebrating, and singing and dancing, and you'd see all the green and yellow, the Brazilian flag colors all over. People were dressed in green and yellow, and the flags, and people selling little flags, it was just like a holiday.

WERMAN: This is just a big deal for Brazil and a big deal for South America, since it will be the first time in history an Olympics will be held in South America. What does it mean to Brazil to represent not just a country, but the whole continent?

REGINA ZAPPA: Well, it's a big deal. It really is. I was just listening to [PH] De Lulla speaking on TV, and he said something like, "We finally are on our way to lose our inferiority complex." Because for the self esteem of people, of Brazilians, it's a very big thing. And also, it's going to bring many opportunities for people to engage in sports, especially young people and children who live in the poor communities. They will have a greater chance now to get involved in sports. And somebody said, also, on TV, that one of the most important things is the Olympic values that will stay with us after�

WERMAN: �Yes, what do you mean by "Olympic values?"

REGINA ZAPPA: I think they meant the feeling that people can engage in sports, and some of them can get out of poverty through sports. A value of harmony and how to play together�

WERMAN: �What you're saying is pretty relevant, because there's this article in the New Yorker this week about gang violence in Rio. That's something the city's going to have to finally solve once and for all, isn't it?

REGINA ZAPPA: Yes. Security is something that worries everybody in Rio and Brazil, especially Rio and San Paulo, very big cities, we have this violence and security problem. And we think that bringing the games here will help solve those problems.

WERMAN: You know, Brazil has recently discovered a huge oil claim, it's flexing its muscles in an emerging global economy. The World Cup is coming there in 2014. Now, this news today about the Olympics in 2016. You said earlier, this makes Brazil lose its inferiority complex. But, do Brazilians really have an inferiority complex?

REGINA ZAPPA: They still do. I heard a lot of people say, "No, we're not going to win this." It's a low feeling among Brazilians, I guess. I was very moved with the reaction in the streets. People are very happy and cheering. It's nice to see all kinds of people, all classes, all colors, all races, everybody together and happy in one way. So it was very moving.

WERMAN: Regina Zappa, a freelance journalist in Brazil. She's in Rio, which was selected today as the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Thank you Regina, nice to talk to you.

REGINA ZAPPA: Thank you, it was a pleasure. Bye bye.