by Adeniyi Abdul

Well, well. That was fast. It’s only been three days since the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games but we’re already onto the next one as the official song for the Rio 2016 Olympics has been released.

Titled “Os Deuses do Olimpo Visitam o Rio de Janeiro” which means “The Gods of Olympus Visit Rio de Janeiro”, the song was written by Brazilian composers Arlindo Cruz, Roge and Arlindo Neto, and performed by well-known Brazilian artists including Zeca Pagodinho, Mart’nália, Ed Motta, Roberta Sá, Pedro Luis, Zelia Duncan, Thalma de Freitas, Toni Garrido, Sandra de Sá, Bochecha, Mr. Catra, Jorge Aragão, Diogo Nogueira and Velha Guarda da Portela.

The accompanying video was produced and directed by Stephen Kassin Ciavatta, and tells the story of the Greek gods Apollo, Poseidon, Hercules and Aphrodite as they travel to Rio and fall in love with the city.

“It is a joy to get back to Rio de Janeiro with the Olympic flag, the symbol of the Olympics,” said Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes. “This 4-year period is very special for any city. I was in London and I had the opportunity to see the amazing transformation of the city. I see the arrival of the Olympic flag as the consolidation of an important phase for Rio de Janeiro.”

What was Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi saying again?