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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:52 am    Post subject: Brazil: Weak Olympic ticket sales amid multitude of issues Reply with quote

Brazil facing low ticket sales amid Zika virus, high crime and political rows
By Julian Robinson, MailOnline and Afp | 4 April 2016
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3522808/Brazil-resorts-buying-tickets-Olympic-Games-giving-away-children-majority-remain-unsold-just-four-months-opens.html

Brazil has resorted to buying up tickets for the Olympic Games and giving them away to children after it emerged that the majority remain unsold just four months before the event opens. The country is facing the embarrassing prospect of empty seats when Rio de Janeiro hosts the sporting extravaganza this summer. Ricardo Leyser, who this week replaced George Hilton as Brazil's minister of sport, said he was now working on a plan to boost purchases - as well as to stir up more excitement among Brazilians. One measure could be the government buying unsold tickets, particularly for the Paralympics, and distributing them among schools, he told Folha newspaper.

With worries about the Zika virus, high crime and a major political crisis already overshadowing the August 5 opening ceremony, only 50 percent of tickets have been sold, Rio 2016 organising committee spokesman Phil Wilkinson said.

For the Paralympics, which follow the main Games, the figure is far worse at just 12 percent. Leyser said: 'There is a perception that the Brazilian population has not yet woken up for the Games. We are going to work energetically on this because it's still not in people's heads. We need to sound an alert so that people remember this event and go and buy tickets.'

The Olympics were awarded to Rio de Janeiro in 2009 when Brazil was politically stable and enjoying a prolonged spurt of economic growth. But with the final 100 days mark fast approaching, organisers find themselves tackling serious problems on almost every front imaginable. President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment, meaning the country does not even know who will be its leader by the time the Games start.

And a bruising recession has forced deep cuts to the Olympic budget, with everything from security to the opening ceremony and even facilities for athletes in the Olympic Village having to make do with less.

A national outbreak of Zika, a mosquito-transmitted virus that is believed to potentially cause serious birth defects if contracted by pregnant women, has sparked numerous travel warnings.

Another worry, highlighted by the abrupt resignation last week of national public security chief Adilson Moreira, is safety. Brazil is one of the world's most violent countries and chunks of Rio - including the huge Mare slum, located near both the airport and the stadium hosting the opening ceremony - are subject to frequent shootouts between drug gangs and police. Leyser called security preparations 'critical,' especially in the wake of Islamist gun and bomb attacks on crowded targets in Paris and Brussels. More than 85,000 police, soldiers and other personnel are being deployed in Rio for the two weeks of the Games. That's twice as many as were needed for the London 2012 Summer Games. However, critics have queried Brazil's ability to deal with the unfamiliar challenge of terrorism.

In his resignation, Moreira was quoted by Brazilian media as saying he was 'ashamed' of what he called Rousseff's 'unscrupulous' government. But last Thursday, the Brazilian tourist authorities issued an appeal to industry operators around the world to be reassured that the Games would take place in 'security and tranquility.'

Just as Rousseff fights to survive impeachment, Brazil is being engulfed in a corruption scandal that has revealed massive embezzlement by a Who's Who of the country's political and business elite. The scheme combining embezzlement and systematic bribery was centered on state oil company Petrobras, though rippling out to a multitude of other businesses, during the presidency of Rousseff's predecessor and main ally, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. He himself is fighting criminal charges.

Leyser told Folha that he and his ministry were focused on the job of getting the Olympics ready and would not be distracted by the political battles in the capital Brasilia. 'The ministry is extremely busy with day to day activities. We have to complete works - we don't have time to think about impeachment,' he said. 'The ministry is working and ready.'

But questions have been raised about Olympic construction contracts, which in a significant number of cases - notably the giant firm Odebrecht - were awarded to companies linked to the Petrobras scheme. On Thursday, a group of Rio de Janeiro councillors filed a request for an inquiry, Globo newspaper reported.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As if there weren't already enough problems...

Yuck.

Rio 2016: Athletes warned to keep mouths closed when swimming in faeces-infested water
Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/2016-rio-olympics-water-feces-athletes-mouth-shut-brazil-a7163021.html

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Athletes competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil have been warned by doctors, engineers, and scientists to keep their mouths shut while participating in activities in the water. Researchers found that many of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro have been long contaminated with raw sewage, household garbage, and even dead bodies, creating hazardous swimming conditions for the 500,000 people expected to descend on the city in August.
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The Games will get underway amid a tumultuous time for the South American country. It is the veritable epicentre of the Zika virus global health crisis, higher crime, a massive police strike, and impeachment proceedings for former president Dilma Rousseff.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The world realizing what they have done to earth and blaming it all on Brasil. Amazing propaganda. Not aimed at you nomad, but at the articles. Can Brasil's household garbage and dead bodies hold a flame to California's radioactivity?

Brasil happens to be on the other end of the US pointy stick.

Which Olympic events take place in the ocean? Never been a big fan so might have missed them, but all water related events I remember took place in pools.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wangdaning wrote:
Which Olympic events take place in the ocean? Never been a big fan so might have missed them, but all water related events I remember took place in pools.

In addition to rowing and sailing, there are marathon and triathlon swimming events. During the 2009 bid for this year's games, Brazilian officials promised clean Rio's beaches, lagoons, and canals in time for the swimming events and influx of tourists. That clean-up obviously never materialized.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
wangdaning wrote:
Which Olympic events take place in the ocean? Never been a big fan so might have missed them, but all water related events I remember took place in pools.

In addition to rowing and sailing, there are marathon and triathlon swimming events. During the 2009 bid for this year's games, Brazilian officials promised clean Rio's beaches, lagoons, and canals in time for the swimming events and influx of tourists. That clean-up obviously never materialized.


Thanks, as said, I do not follow the games, but that makes more sense.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
wangdaning wrote:
Which Olympic events take place in the ocean? Never been a big fan so might have missed them, but all water related events I remember took place in pools.

In addition to rowing and sailing, there are marathon and triathlon swimming events. During the 2009 bid for this year's games, Brazilian officials promised clean Rio's beaches, lagoons, and canals in time for the swimming events and influx of tourists. That clean-up obviously never materialized.

There are doom and gloom stories leading up to every Olympics, but these Rio Games appear to be far worse because of the health risks lurking.

Expert to Rio athletes: ‘Don’t put your head under water’

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The first results of the study published over a year ago showed viral levels at up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe. At those concentrations, swimmers and athletes who ingest just three teaspoons of water are almost certain to be infected with viruses that can cause stomach and respiratory illnesses and more rarely heart and brain inflammation

If the water is truly as bad as this then I expect the swimmers to either boycott the race or swim with snorkels and masks on.

nomad soul wrote:
Brazil facing low ticket sales amid Zika virus, high crime and political rows

By Julian Robinson, MailOnline and Afp | 4 April 2016
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3522808/Brazil-resorts-buying-tickets-Olympic-Games-giving-away-children-majority-remain-unsold-just-four-months-opens.html

Brazil has resorted to buying up tickets for the Olympic Games and giving them away to children after it emerged that the majority remain unsold just four months before the event opens.

This happens at every Olympics now. People are generally jaded by this corruption-laden traveling road show and are no longer interested. I think the days of the IOC being able to sucker (sensible and less corrupt) countries into paying for this are coming to an end, hence we had only Beijing and Almaty competing for the 2022 Winter Games. There will still be plenty of tinpot dictators and narcissistic presidents-for-life who will be happy to oblige, which is unfortunate, but c'est la vie.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More headaches for Brazil... Uh, I mean the US!

Police Say Security Guard, Not Robber, Pointed Gun at Ryan Lochte
By Simon Romero, NY Times } August 18, 2016
Source: htttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/19/sports/olympics/police-say-ryan-lochte-lied-about-gunpoint-assault.html?_r=0

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RIO DE JANEIRO — The American swimmers who claimed that they were assaulted at gunpoint over the weekend by assailants posing as police officers fabricated their account of the episode, Brazilian law enforcement officials said Thursday, illuminating many aspects of an incident that has spiraled into a thorny legal case testing the relations between Brazil and the United States.

The police said that they believed that the American swimmer Ryan Lochte had “stained” Rio by lying about what happened, but they acknowledged that a security guard had brandished a gun after one or more of the swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom.

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