bows of colors
Recently, we read the following:
NPR: “Rio De Janeiro Named Host Of 2016 Olympics”
“Rio de Janeiro was chosen Friday as the host site of the 2016 Olympic Games, brushing aside an unprecedented personal appeal from President Obama and the first lady on behalf of their home town of Chicago.
“International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, speaking in Copenhagen where the body voted, opened a ceremonial envelope and read off the vote of IOC members naming Rio as the winner. A huge crowd that had gathered in the Brazilian city sent up a roar of approval when the announcement was made.
“The winner beat surprise finalist Madrid in the last round of voting. Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting at the meeting of the IOC in Copenhagen, and Tokyo was eliminated in the second. In awarding Olympic bids, the IOC holds rounds of voting until one city receives a majority.
“Rio's victory marks the first time a South American city has been chosen to host the games. ‘It is a time to address this imbalance,’ Brazil's charismatic president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told the IOC's members before they voted. ‘It is time to light the Olympic caldron in a tropical country…’ "
And we thought:
… It is not only time that the Olympic Games be brought finally to South America. In the context of North-South parity (or disparity), it is right. The colors of the Olympic flag will be much brighter in 2016 in the tropical sun…