HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 3 – Fidel Castro expressed Cuba’s satisfaction with Rio de Janeiro being selected as the site of the 2016 Olympic Games. Only one other Latin American city, Mexico (1968), has ever been selected to host the event held every four years.
Spontaneous celebrations took place in Brazil with the designation which had to defeat the major industrialized cities of Chicago and Tokyo as well as Madrid to win the designation.
At a meeting of the finance ministers of Brazil, India, China and Russia, China, -fresh off its successful holding of the Beijing 2008 Games- offered its assistance to Brazil in the organization of the games.
Rio also hosted the 2007 Pan American Games. Newspapers across the continent celebrated the designation of Brazil for the 2016 Olympics.