7/8/07

Pan games and the Christ


We are all excited for the Pan American games. Our tickets arrived this week and next saturday our marathon will start. The first game we will watch will be Brazil x Peru, feminine volleyball. The Maracanazinho stadium is all renewed and is now is at the same level of the most modern stadiums in the world.

Today, after we arrived from my dad's house, we went to Copacabana to visit the Pan official store, which was built at the beach. We bought so many things!!! T-shirts, caps, postcards, a huge brazilian flag that we'll take to the games, and miniatures of Cauê, the symbol of the Pan American games in Rio. You can see Ping with Cauê in the picture.

The whole city is dedicated to the Pan, and the atmosphere could not be more exciting! Especially now that we won the contest for the new 7 wonders of the world, and our Christ is one of them! The result was communicated yesterday during the Live Earth at Copacabana beach...

Unfortunately there was the episode with the press manager from the US delegation. His comments about Rio were absurd, writing "Welcome to the Congo", comparing Rio to Africa... Nothing against Africa, but this only demonstrated his prejudice and lack of consideration with the people of Rio and the Pan games organizers who are putting so much effort to make everything right and pleasant to our guests. Anyway, he was sent back to the US by the US delegation and they wrote a really nice public apology to the brazilian people. The problem now is: the US athletes, who have nothing to do with his declaration, will suffer the consequences...

4 comments:

Maria Fabriani said...

Querida, adorei a foto da minha sobrinha Ping com o Cauê (esse nome pavoroso), a sua foto ensolarada lá em cima (em Fernando de Noronha?) e o clima do post. Nossa, como queria estar aí no Rio!!!!!!!!!!! :) Li numa notícia da CNN sobre o idiota americano comparando o Rio ao Congo. É impressionante, mas americanos nunca nos desapontam, né? Beijocas e curta muito o Pan e conte pra gente aqui!

Renata Torres said...

Oi Mary!

A foto é na Tailândia :)
O clima da cidade está muito legal mesmo, e os dias têm sido lindos, tomara que dê tudo certo!!
Beijo

Kimberly said...

I'm glad you are having so much fun with the games!! Ping looks super cute with that little sun.

Renata Torres said...

Hey Kim!!
Yeah, she's cute. I tried to find a sweater for her at the Pan store but they did not have dog's clothes...