For some time I have been using news’ aggregators to gain an overview of Brazil’s journey to the centre of the world stage. Interest, because of partners in Brazil, is what drives me along with the desire to comment from an informed position. In the course of a week I burrow down into stories which either nicely confirm a train of thought or more commonly and more uncomfortably completely throw it off track!
I am struck by the lack of coverage of news from Brazil in particular and South America in general.
An example is the absence of coverage of the Pan American Games, hosted this year by Mexico, they take place every four years in the year preceding the Olympics. The closing ceremony was Sunday after close to 6,000 athletes from 42 nations competed in 36 different sports.
Have you heard ? Probably not that Brazil came 2nd overall and 3rd in the Gold medal table following the United States(92) and Cuba(58) with success mainly in athletics, swimming , gymnastics and judo events. Brazil has steadily risen up the table to consolidate its place in the top three, alongside the USA and Cuba.
Have you heard ? Brazilian competitors in the World Bull Riding Championships 2011, which finished on Sunday, had brazilian riders placed 1st second,third,fourth and fifth.
So, though proving their ability in modern sporting events their cultural roots are very evident.