Brazil is an interesting country. The Olympics will put a spotlight on the country. As for the exact hows and why of Brazil, and Rio being chosen, who knows exactly. However, here is one I like: Besides being in a continent never before chosen, and despite many problems in the country itself, and with the system, Brazil has something that the US does not, Brazil is trying hard, and their country is not only all about Carnival: Health Care System In the 1980s there was a strong social movement in Brazil - the movement for Sanitary Reform- that was fundamental in restructuring the health care system. It led, in 1988, to the creation of the Unified Health Care System (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS), which is based on the principles of universality, integrality and equity. The SUS is part of the Brazilian constitution, determining health care as a universal right and a federal responsibility.