Rio set to prove its worth on international sports scene

Updated: July 12, 2007, 6:17 PM ET
Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- The Pan American Games are giving Rio citizens yet another reason to be proud of their city.

On the eve of Friday's opening ceremony of the Olympics-style event, the 'Cariocas,' as Rio natives are called, are upbeat and confident the competition will go off without major glitches and boost the city's image abroad.

"This is the best thing that has happened to the city," said Marcia Tavares, a 26-year-old physiotherapist. "Things are running smoothly. ...

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