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Pan-American Games Open in Brazil with Olympic Boos for Lula, US and Argentina

Lula ready to talk The world's foremost sports event right after the Olympics, the Pan American Games, saw much music, dance, and fireworks in the Friday night ceremonies of its 15th Brazilian edition, but not much sportsmanship by the 90,000 people who came to the Maracanã stadium in Rio for the party.

The public was in a booing mood and among those jeered by at least part of the audience were the sports delegations for Argentina, Bolivia and the United States. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose opinion polls consistently show high levels of popularity, was booed so many times that he ended up skipping the speech he had prepared for the occasion.

He didn't even had a chance to say "Good luck, Brazil." Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, said the phrase.

The imbroglio was explained later by Lula's aides as a ceremonial gaffe, but there are those who believe that the action was taken to spare the president more jeering. 

The Maracanã opening celebrations were schedule to start at 5 pm, but there was a delay of close to an hour mostly due to the extra security that kept people in line being frisked and waiting to get in for a very long time.

Lula was booed at least six times. Every time his name was mentioned by the announcers or his face was shown in the stadium's big screen the public started the booing.

When it was announced that he was going to address the public and open the games the noise was so loud that you couldn't hear what the announcer was saying. The president stayed there standing for a moment before the microphones but went back to his seat while Nuzman declared the games open.

After the ceremonies neither Nuzman nor Lula would talk to the press. The president who was accompanied by first lady Marisa Letí­cia seemed very annoyed when leaving the Maracanã after the opening ceremonies.

Rio's mayor, César Maia, the only politician to be applauded in the stadium when names were announced, sided with the explanation that a ceremonial foul-up was the culprit for the presidential woes: "The president's office contacted the Brazilian Olympic Committee chief and asked that Lula be spared the announcement. But they forgot to tell Odepa's (Pan-American Sports Organization) president about  that."

Mario Vazquez Raí±a, Odepa's chief, was the guy who announced that Lula was going to talk, since he wasn't told that the president had changed his mind and that Nuzman was supposed to do the president's part.

For Brazil's Sports Minister, Orlando Silva, the booing wasn't something spontaneous. "It all seemed orchestrated," he commented after the opening ceremonies.

The Brazilian president is scheduled to hand out this Saturday afternoon the first medals of the Games to the winners of the water marathon in Copacabana beach.

Only six countries sent chiefs of state to the opening ceremonies: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba,  Dutch Antilles, Panama, Honduras and Canada. The Brazilian government was expecting many more presidents and dignitaries.

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  • gomez

    John
    Brazil should care about politics its one of the biggest problems Brazil has to solve. Solving that would solve so many other problems. So much easier to say than accomplish… Brazils politicians are thieves and in turn that makes desparate people do desparate things not because they are bad people, because they don’t have a choice. The Olympics (and the Pan American games I’m sure) would bring $ and jobs to Brazil even if its temporary. The display at the Pan America Games could have destroyed that opportunity. Thats why I say too bad. Brazilian passion went to far in the wrong direction. But when it goes in the right direction, thats the irrisistable beauty of the Brazilian culture.

  • gomez

    Olympics in Ro
    I think Brazil has blown its chance at the Olympics with that display. Too bad.

  • Armando R.

    [quote]The Olympics (and the Pan American games I’m sure) would bring $ and jobs to Brazil even if its temporary.[/quote]

    That would be nice if it was correct. A friend of mine was offered a job that would pay him less than 50% that the market pays!!! He is an interpreter! Just imagine!

  • mmdc

    Jonh, Brazilian
    why in the earth your nickname is written in English?

    I was not in MaracanÀƒ£, I’m not even from Rio de Janeiro. If I was there I would accompany the others booing Lula, and next time there’s a public event with Lula and I ever attend it, I will make sure to bring eggs with me.

    I don’t agree that people boo other countries athletes, that’s shameful ridiculous and veery childish! All this stupidity is product of a country with a poor education. Demand from your politicians qualilty education to the people!

    I’ve read at a carioca journalist say right after the event that the carioca people have revenged the fact that their state gave more votes to Lula amongst the others and after that Lula turned his back to the them. That gives me a bad impression of cariocas (it is said they are historically bairristas i.e. cares about their place exclusively) just like they (and Lula for that matter) begged people to vote for cristo redentor as a way they can have loads of tourists back. It would be better they demanded their mayor and governor that the city is safe, traffic dealers dont rule the city, that they keep the city clean, that they prevent pollution from killing thousands of fish in Lagoa de Freitas, that would bring tourists back (roll eyes).

  • João da Silva

    John & Gomez
    [quote]Lula deserves to be booed, many of our politicians are thieves, we are not a nation of people who cares about politics, ok.
    [/quote]

    John, I disagree with you. Lula did not deserve to be booed. He did not deserve to be elected at the first place and since we are not a nation of people who cares about politics, we elected him ( I did not vote for him) and then reelected him! Then in an international event which cost almost 7 times the original budget (for the tax payers), the people who could afford to buy tickets for the games decided to boo him.

    As for the rest of the comments, you made, I wholeheartedly agree with you and my congrats.

    [quote]Brazil should care about politics its one of the biggest problems Brazil has to solve.[/quote]

    Well said Gomez and it coincides with the thoughts of John,me and many other people.We should not only scrutinize the candidates for the elected offices but demand more action from them,once they are elected.The biggest reason for that “incident” in Maracana was that those three big shots were competing for cheap popularity without having minimum interest in the welfare of the ones who elected (or rejected) them at the polls.

    btw, you guys should participate more often in this forum.

  • John Miller

    I was at the Opening Ceremony……my impressions
    Hi, I attended the opening ceremony with my wife, daughter, mother-in-law and grandson. My impressions.
    Overall, I thought the whole ceremony and event went exceptionally well. Well orchestrated, etc. Booing the athletes from several countries was sad, save it for the politicians.
    What amazed me, was I went to and from Maracana by taxi, it took less than 30 minutes to get there and ditto going home to zona sul, so the traffic management was just superb.
    I thought overall it was exceptionally well done, the music and singing was very good, the right balance of homage to the athletes, officials, and link to the Olympic movement with the right amount of culture and Brasilian influence of singing, dancing, samba, etc. Well done.

    PS. Rio is very safe at the moment, I hope it will continue to be like this, but I sense it cant continue at this level of military presence in the streets, its a shame, I love the feel of safety we have at present in the streets of Rio.

  • forest Brown

    john & gomez
    Harts and minds are in the right place

    now have to get the gov out of your pockets

    like the rest of us

  • Paulo Cunha

    gomez
    [quote]I think Brazil has blown its chance at the Olympics with that display. Too bad.
    [/quote]

    We, the Tax payers are relieved that Brasil has blown its chances of staging the Olympics.What benefits any events in Rio bring to the ones outside that city?

  • John, brazilian

    (Lula, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela and USA were not all booed at the same event, but they were all booed during the games. So as Sergio Cabral, Rio’s State Governor. People think Cesar Maia, the mayor, orchestrated the boo, because Lula and Cabral were supossably taking credit for what they didn’t do. Honestly, I doubt any of the three has the right to complain about the others, given what politicians, including them three, have done recently. But that would be another topic.)

  • John, brazilian

    Human, brazilian and reasonable
    A Brazilian male 24-year-old speaking here.

    Lula deserves to be booed, many of our politicians are thieves, we are not a nation of people who cares about politics, ok.

    But:

    1) That was not the time or place to boo Lula (even if I felt good about people booing him).
    2) Not all brazilians are stupid, politically careless or against free speech. Nor all americans are stupid enough to write “welcome to Congo” on the chalk board during international interviews, like some did. Every country has bad people.
    3) It is shameful to boo Venezuela, Bolivia, USA and Argentina (more recently, after the Copa America, and not Pan-American Games, soccer finals Brazil 3×0 Argentina, Brazil laugh of Argentina’s gymnastic team, who had no relation to the soccer team of a different competition!). Sports are not the occasion for political or ideological protests.

    Let’s not be blindly proud of our countries, nor blindly attack other people’s nations.
    Let’s be reasonable and judge actions by their contexts.

    That’s to ALL: brazilian, US’s, swiss and all others.

  • Paulo Cunha

    [quote]Seriously man, you should be on a mental institution.[/quote]

    Magnus,my boy,you are wrong.He (or she) is doing a great demolition job. Why interefere, when somone is doing a great work? Be wise and think well about what I said.btw, the Brasilians in this site know that we are smart and why bother about the adverse comments made to our irresponsible politicians?

  • Magnus Brasil

    [quote]- are you against free speech ? Normal…you are Brazilian !
    – are you the owner of this site ? Do you feel to have the right to police what doesnt belong to you ?
    – I have been on this site for years before you started. If one has to leave….it should be YOUUUU….not me !

    You just prove time and again how idiots Brazilian are !!! but contrary to you, I tell you : feel free…..to post on this site ! It is not mine and I am
    pro free speech !!!!!! [/quote]

    …..YESSSSSSSSSSSSS,NOOOOOOOOOSSSSS, YOU,YOU,YOU……….LAUGHS,LAUGHS,LAUGHS

    Bla,bla,bla.

    Seriously man, you should be on a mental institution.

  • Paulo Cunha

    Doggydaddy
    [quote]Hey Mate, don’t even waste one brain cell on these dimwits…. the idiots…….Pual Cunha and Magnus Brasil [/quote]

    Sugar Daddy, you are an idiot kissing the arse of ch.c. and calling me and Magnus dimwits. In spite of your request,ch.c is not going to stop wasting his brain cell on us. He loves to be in touch with us and btw, he,Magnus and I are much smarter than you think we are.

    Be smart and analyse the entire situation and STOP giving advice to ch.c or calling us dimwits.Cant imagine that you are a big dumbfuck.

  • doggydaddy

    For CHc
    Hey Mate, don’t even waste one brain cell on these dimwits…. the idiots…….Pual Cunha and Magnus Brasil
    I too have been around for years on this site and free speech has done quite well here even though the odd hacker and some miserable Brazilians has shown his or her real face. As you know Brazil is not an “Knowledge Based’ country and never will be in this decade or the next few for that matter.

  • Magnus Brasil

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS… it was mostly against Lula. Never said the opposite. And I’m glad he was booed so many times.

  • be honest once in your life

    ch.c
    Excuse moi ch.c, you’re affirm Brazilians are crooks liers and cheaters but using your logic you probably would know that Americans are the biggest cheaters liers and crooks on earth?

    I’ve noticed all your Americans friends defend you saying you are not American but swiss. You react so strongly when it comes to criticize Americans, perhaps your American friends, and yourself, are those cheater, crook and lier Americans?

    It’s impossible to laugh on this site…

  • ch.c.

    And to Magnus Brazil…….Were the Boos……
    against Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela AND Lula…as you wrote

    OR

    mostly against Lula…..AND Argentina, Bolivia, Veneuela.?????

    Quite a difference, since Lula was booed so many times that he ended up skipping the speech he had prepared for the occasion.

  • ch.c.

    To Daiu…..”His last speech in public? A true story.!
    Except that :
    – in Romania the President was a dictastor, and in Brazil the President has been democratically elected……and re-elected !
    – In Romania the President was hatred, and in Brazil the President is loved and second only to God. Whatever Lula lies are, you swallow them !
    – in Romania they wanted a change for the better, In Brazil you want a continuation of higher corruption. The more someone is corrupted, the more he will be guaranteed to be re-elected from the people he stole the money ! More masochists than Brazilians….difficult to find !

    Here is what a Brazilian (not me….for Magnus the idiot) said recently :
    Rafael Kalil, 26, a singer in a Rio band “Even when there is a protest against the politicians, hardly anyone goes. You can’t even get 100 people to go to a demo against a politician who’s stolen $10m of public money.”

    Yessssss……sad truths !!!!

  • ch.c.

    to the idiots…….Pual Cunha and Magnus Brasil !!!!!!!
    1) Is my ” Do I am……” more wrong thsn YOUR ” Do am that wrong” ?????? Laugh….laugh….!!!
    2) Your ” boos were addressed to the US, Bolivia, Venezuela AND Lula” …where does it say so…in the article ???????? laugh….laugh !!!!.
    3) Your ” Hey sick, it was not for you to answer” and “Stop posting in this site, would you, king of the truth? “
    – are you against free speech ? Normal…you are Brazilian !
    – are you the owner of this site ? Do you feel to have the right to police what doesnt belong to you ?
    – I have been on this site for years before you started. If one has to leave….it should be YOUUUU….not me !

    You just prove time and again how idiots Brazilian are !!! but contrary to you, I tell you : feel free…..to post on this site ! It is not mine and I am
    pro free speech !!!!!!

    That is our FIRST basic differnce !

  • Wilson Lima

    Daiu
    [quote]N.Ceausescu. RIP.
    Footnote: The Minister of Sport later said the protest was orchestrated….
    [/quote]

    Thanks for narrating the history of Romania (?). I remember this true story.

  • Daiu

    His last speech in public? A true story.
    On December 21st,1989, he held his last speech to the public.80,000 people had gone to a rally in a public square supposedly to
    support him -the President -after riots had broken out in Timisoara over the arrest of an outspoken priest. Thinking he was among friends the President appeared on the balcony of the Central Commitee Building to address the crowd. Eight minutes into his speech, people began to chant `Ti-mi-soa-ra, Ti-mi-soa-raÀ‚´.As the chanting grew louder, the shock on the PresidentÀ‚´s face pinpointed the true moment of his downfall- a moment televised all over the country and, later, the world.The President looked shocked and TV censors pulled the plug on the broadcast.Within 24 hours protesters had stormed the building, the President and his wife had escaped by helicopter but within days they had been tried and shot by a firing squad…..N.Ceausescu. RIP.
    Footnote: The Minister of Sport later said the protest was orchestrated….

  • forest Brown

    only words , spoken in mass
    when you boo a country because it has been drilled into the mindes of the under schooled .
    that is the countries own fault .

    but when the president gets bood off stage by his own people well that is his fault and his alone

    bolivia , brasil is mad at them for making them pay there bills .
    Venezuela , brasilian people are tired of LULA KISSING CHAVES ASS IN PUBLIC
    takes pride away from the country

  • Magnus Brasil

    He’s fast as a vagabundo, siting all day on his computer…
    [quote]…..Brazilians dont like to be booed exclusively…..the article
    invented the boos….against Argentina and the USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “Pan-American Games Open in Brazil with Olympic Boos for Lula, US and Argentina”

    Do I am that wrong to say that Brazilians are cheaters and liars ?????
    I should add they are a bunch of crooks….TOO !!!![/quote]

    Hey sick, it was not for you to answer. And the boos were addressed to the US, Bolivia, Venezuela AND Lula.

    Stop posting in this site, would you, king of the truth?

  • Pual Cunha

    [quote]Do I am that wrong to say that Brazilians are cheaters and liars ?????
    I should add they are a bunch of crooks….TOO !!!!
    [/quote]

    LAUGH….LAUGH….LAUGH !!!!!

    “Do am that wrong..”? Learn to write English,you moron.

  • ch.c.

    furthermore……
    …..Brazilians dont like to be booed exclusively…..the article
    invented the boos….against Argentina and the USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “Pan-American Games Open in Brazil with Olympic Boos for Lula, US and Argentina”

    Do I am that wrong to say that Brazilians are cheaters and liars ?????
    I should add they are a bunch of crooks….TOO !!!!

  • ch.c.

    Orchestated by whom aliens ?????????
    – Ask simply to Lula himself ! No doubt his answer will be……. from the neoliberal countries !
    Of course he wont name a country specifically……as usual !!!!!

    LAUGH…..LAUGH….LAUGH !!!!!

    Interesting to note in the above article :
    – “15th Brazilian edition”
    Were the previous 14 editions also in Brazil ???????

    LAUGH….LAUGH…LAUGH…… !

    – “He didn’t even had a chance to say “Good luck, Brazil”
    Is that a fair statement…in sports…from the organizing country ??????
    It is not, it is only typically Brazilian. They should stop gazing and caressing their navel…….day and night !!!!

    LAUGH….LAUGH….LAUGH !!!!!

  • be honest once in your life

    [quote]Only six countries sent chiefs of state to the opening ceremonies: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Dutch Antilles, Panama, Honduras and Canada. The Brazilian government was expecting many more presidents and dignitaries[/quote]
    HaHaHa

    [quote]When it was announced that he was going to address the public and open the games the noise was so loud that you couldn’t hear what the announcer was saying. The president stayed there standing for a moment before the microphones but went back to his seat while Nuzman declared the games open. [/quote]

    HAhaHahA

    [quote]The imbroglio was explained later by Lula’s aides as a ceremonial gaffe, but there are those who believe that the action was taken to spare the president more jeering. [/quote]

    HAHAhahaHAHAhaha

    Lula’s gaffes are now used to explain the hard reality to the presidenti cascÀƒ£o Lula da Silva.

    [quote]After the ceremonies neither Nuzman nor Lula would talk to the press. The president who was accompanied by first lady Marisa LetÀƒ­cia seemed very annoyed when leaving the MaracanÀƒ£ after the opening ceremonies[/quote]

    HAHAHAHAHAhahahahahaHAHAHAHAHA

    [quote]For Brazil’s Sports Minister, Orlando Silva, the booing wasn’t something spontaneous. “It all seemed orchestrated,” he commented after the opening ceremonies. [/quote]

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAOMGHAHAHAHA

    Orchestated by whom aliens, russian commies, Veja magazine, Globo TV, PCC or the MST?? HAHAHAHAHA

  • forest Brown

    VERY WELL SAID
    BRASILIANS all mouth a group will stand up to any thing
    but dont have the nerve to say a thing when it counts as a single right vote

    espn alt has the games
    fatima is watching it on and off as we move down the lake not much to see out here
    but iron ore boats , and some ships in the night

  • madre deus

    Twas brillig and the slithy toads did gyre and gimble in the waves. The circus came to town sans the president and dignitaries of other countries. And with the decorum of the bougeois, the Brazilian crowd showed its ass. The coming together of nations in the spirit of brotherhood, was honored by the flatulant crowd. Why they didn’t boo Venezuela eludes me. Like La Scala in Milan, the crowd rose irreverently to the level of its mannered opinion and mooned the world. Would that Brazil would do this booing with their vote instead of merely its mouth.

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