Editorials | October 2009
|A Triumph for the Third World|
Fidel Castro Ruz - La Jornada
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October 06, 2009
Major economic powerhouses competed to host the 2016 Olympic Games, among them the two most industrialized nations on the planet: the United States and Japan. But in the end, it was Rio de Janeiro - a city in Brazil - that took home the prize.
Let no one say that Rio was selected out of the mere charitable intentions of the wealthy nations. Brazil's triumph is a testament to the growing influence of the developing world and its peoples. In the streets of Latin America, Africa and Asia right now, amid these times of financial and environmental crisis, news of Brazil's selection is a welcome cause for celebration.
Although popular sports like baseball and softball have been scrapped from the Games in order to make room for the entertainments of the bourgeoisie and the rich, the people of the third world share the jubilation of the Brazilians in this moment, and we will stand alongside Brazil in solidarity as it works to organize and orchestrate the 31st Olympiad.
But now we must return to Copenhagen, the site of the Olympic committee election ceremony, this December for a new challenge: the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It is an absolute necessity for the developing world to bring to Copenhagen the same unity of spirit we feel over the Olympics, and to fight together to ensure that global warming and wars of conquest do not prevail over our desire for peace, progress and the survival of the human race.