Mighty 600,000 there is an event on the way you need to be aware of! Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of modern Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is a candidate to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games! I know that our calendar now reads 2009, but in just a few days on October 2nd the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet in Copenhagen to decide whether the Olympics will be held in Madrid, Chicago, Tokyo, or Rio.
While Brazil has tried to host the Olympics several times in the past, Rio is a very strong contender now and if it wins it would be the first time in history that the Summer Olympics are hosted in Latin America. But the real reason I am writing about Rio hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics is that if Rio is selected, Brazilian jiu-jitsu will have an historic opportunity for publicity.
Of course, jiu-jitsu is not an Olympic sport. It is not yet even an exhibition sport at the Olympics. But whenever the Olympics takes place, journalists from all corners from the globe produce television pieces on the host country’s culture. Reports on samba, capoeira, Carnival, and our beloved addiction will light up television screens around the world.
So cross your fingers, pray to your jiu-jitsu deity of choice, do whatever you can on October 2 and hopefully Rio de Janeiro will win the bid for the Olympics so BJJ gets the global attention it deserves!