The Sun newspaper has successfully granted Brazil the right to host the 2016 Olympics after switching its allegiance from Chicago once it became apparent that Chicago could not win.
As the announcement filtered through on Friday afternoon, and it was confirmed that the International Olympic Committee had awarded the Olympics to Rio De Janeiro, celebrations began at News International offices around the world.
“This is great news for the readers of The Sun, many of whom could almost certainly point to Brazil on a map,” said Sun Editor Dominic Mohan.
“We feel it is our duty to back organisations that look like winning anyway, and this victory extends our proud history of always being right.”
“Whether they were the best venue or not is irrelevant, what’s important is that they won – and it was thanks our support.”
Olympic parties in Rio ran throughout the weekend, as Brazilians celebrated their chance to hold the most prestigious sporting event in the world.
The Chairman of the Brazilian bid told us, “We have worked tirelessly for four years on this bid,”
“But we would especially like to thank the The Sun newspaper for deciding to support us when it became clear the city they originally supported were unlikely to win.”
“The fact that they decided we should win after Chicago were eliminated completely vindicates our decision to run.”