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Varejao Thrilled His Homeland Got 2016 Olympic Games

By George Thomas Published: October 2, 2009

A smiling Anderson Varejao greeted reporters Friday after he learned that his native Brazil – Rio De Janeiro specifically – was awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics, beating out the Windy City – Chicago – and the star power of Pres. Barack Obama as he personally made a pitch to the International Olympic Committee for the games.
‘’It’s huge for my country,’’ Varejao said. ‘’I’m very happy. I hope (the Brazilian men’s basketball team) can make it this time.’’
What would be better than that? Varejao participating. But will he be able to lace them up at the old age of 34? ‘’I hope so,’’ he said with a laugh.

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