Rio De Janeiro Wins Olympic 2016 Bid

12/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It’s official, Rio De Janeiro beat out rivals Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago.  The objectivity of the selection, kudos to the International Olympic Committee is truly commendable.  It was certainly very difficult not to be swayed by the big wigs the likes of Oprah Winfrey or even President Barack Obama.

The committee made the perfect choice in selecting Rio De Janeiro to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Finally, a South American city gets to host the games!  Now the committee can say that it’s not partial to Europe, North America or Asia.

But even better, Rio can show all the world what it is capable of doing.  Since this city is famous for the Mardi Gras, one can only imagine how festive the mood of the 2016 Olympics is going to be.  Of course, it helps that Rio is the biggest city of the fifth biggest country in the world.

Tourists will definitely have lots of fun, what with a lot of interesting places to go. There is just one thing, though.  Global warming notwithstanding, what will the sea levels be like by 2016?  With the unabated production of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, will a city like Rio still be around or will it be partly submerged in water?

If no global warming protocols are reached by the industrialized as well as industrializing nations soon, even cities like Manhattan or Tokyo, could be missing some parts five or six years from now, or even decades from now.

So while Rio Olympics organizers have marked today, October 2, 2009 as the official start of preparations, they might want to consult the environment about the matter, also. After all, the ocean is just in the neighborhood.