Brazil will host the FIFA 2014 Football World Cup.The FIFA Executive Committee has decided that South America will host the tournament. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said “The task was not easy – for us it was a real big challenge to have the same list of requirements and the same conditions for only one candidate than if we had two and perhaps we put the bar higher than if we had two. There was an extraordinary presentation by the delegation and we witnessed that this World Cup will have such a big social and cultural impact in Brazil.” The World Cup is the most-watched event in the world.
In 1975, Joao Carlos de Oliveira set a new world record in the triple jump with a distance of 17,89m. He was the flag-bearer of the Brazilian Olympic team at the Games of the XXI Olympiad in Canada in 1976.
The 1963 Pan American Games were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bernardo Rocha de Rezende is one of the best volleyball coaches in the world. He was born in Rio de Janeiro. He once said: “After the first very important victories, the biggest problem was to overcome the changing environment around the team. If the players change their attitude, losing the firm discipline – the winning squads suddenly disappear.” In the 1970s and early 80s, Bernardo was one of the greatest volleyball players in the world such as Karch Kiraly (USA) and Oleg Alekseyevich Moliboga (USSR/Russia).
Brazil is the birthplace of Edson Arantes dos Nascimento, best known as “Pele”. He is the greatest football player of all time.
Carlos Arthur Nuzman is one of the best Olympic leaders in the world. He was born on March 17, 1942 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the 1960s, he was a member of the Brazilian national volleyball team. He competed at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japan). From 1975 to 1995, he was elected president of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation.Under his leadership, Brazil won many international titles: South American championships (15 titles), Pan American Games (1 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze medals), World Championships (2 gold, 6 silver, 5 bronze medals), Olympic Games (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). Currently, Carlos is the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB). In 2007, he organized the Pan American Games for the second time in Brazil. When Brazil was chosen host of the 2007 Pan American Games, Carlos Nuzman said: “It was the victory of the best project and of the best proposals.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee has awarded Gordon Tang with honorary distinction ‘Athlon Megalis Choregias’ for his support to IOA. Mr. Tang has made significant investments in the sports arena. He has shown great support to the work of International Olympic Academy.