When you think back to the joy and euphoria that accompanied London 2012, it is safe to say that the people of Brazil really are going to be spoiled for the next few years.
The general public can scarcely start to think about the possibility of hosting the Olympic Games yet. After all, there is the small matter of the football World Cup to enjoy first.
That’s the football World Cup that hasn’t been to UK shores since 1966. And we had waited for the Olympics since 1948. Brazil are getting both within the space of two years.
In 2010, the eyes of the UK population were very much on the Olympics and following all the trials and tribulations that might or might not cause the Games to be an absolute disaster.
Next year, Brazil will be two years away from the Rio Games, but in 2014 the event of the year will undoubtedly by the FIFA World Cup.
Think about how far in advance we were concerned about getting tickets for our favourite events at London 2012. In Brazil, the focus is very much on World Cup 2014 tickets. The mad rush for Rio 2016 tickets will have have to go on the backburner for a little while.
Although the pressure of bringing both events into fruition so close together must put strain on Brazil’s economy, it certainly has its benefits if you’re on the Rio organising committee.
They have essentially got the world’s biggest dress rehearsal taking place two years ahead of their Games. Granted people and venues are spread much wider than they will be for the Olympics, but the World Cup will still be a very good test for Brazil’s hospitality, transport and security provisions.
The Olympics organisers will no doubt be monitoring the situation very carefully, with the hope of learning lessons and improving upon what their World Cup counterparts have managed to achieve.