sexta-feira, 1 de julho de 2016

Rio 2016: German TV station has stolen equipment Material taken by thieves

Equipment of a German TV station were stolen on the morning of Friday, in Rio de Janeiro. The objects, which would be used to cover the Olympics in August, was in two containers intercepted by thieves in Brazil Avenue, in downtown Rio. The station ARD / ZDF reported that the stolen equipment costing about 400,000 euros (1.4 million reais). The military police found in the late afternoon, in Mauá, Magé district (metropolitan region of Rio), containers with intact equipment. No one was arrested.

"The unknown assailants attacked the truck with containers on the way from the port to the Olympic Park. The driver was not hurt. So far there is no trace of the vehicle and load. The GPS system was apparently disabled or destroyed," the station.

On 19 June, the Australian Paralympic athlete sailing and basketball, Liesl Tesch and the physio team, Sarah Ross, were robbed at gunpoint in Rio. The robbers took their bikes. The appearance of a dismembered body on Copacabana Beach on Wednesday, near the beach volleyball arena, also frightened the international press.
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Zika virus
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is, so far, the greatest enemy of Rio-2016. In January, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning about the "explosive" epidemic zika virus in the Americas, especially in Brazil, which caused panic in the international press, particularly for its connection with the cases of microcephaly. The IOC quickly issued a letter of recommendations to athletes, alerts and prevention methods, but kept the thesis that Rio will be safe during the Games. Mayor Eduardo Paes also tried to disassociate the epidemic to the Olympic Games, but some federations and athletes threatened not to come to Rio for fear of zika. The Brazil Olympic Committee (COB) tried to calm tempers, but also called for more long-sleeved uniform and recommended the use of repellents and air conditioning in rooms.


The risk of terrorist attacks is a major concern of the International Olympic Committee since the Munich-1972 massacre, when Israel accommodation in the Olympic Village was invaded by Palestinian terrorists from the Black September group, in an attack that killed 11 Israelis, between athletes and coaches. Since then, the Olympics is synonymous with safety by obsession with battalions of soldiers and police in greater numbers to the athletes. Although Brazil is not a traditionally targeted by terrorist country, followed by the Islamic State attacks, one at a sporting event (a friendly between France and Germany, in Paris, in the tragic November 13, 2015 in the French capital), called further warning. Earlier this month, the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin) confirmed the publication of a direct threat to Brazil published in November last year in a Twitter account linked to a member of the terrorist group EI. In the face of danger, the military rose to 704 million reais investment in security, including training, purchase specialized equipment and funding the troops. According to the security plan for the Games, 85,000 men - and 47,000 security, civil defense and urban planning and 38,000 armed forces - were summoned to ensure peace in the event.

Political and economic crisis

Some consider that the political crisis which culminated in the approval of the progress of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in the House of Representatives has even helped the Olympics in Rio because of possible problems overshadow the organization of the Games. However, the chaotic situation of the country has been widely discussed by sports officials for structural and safety issues. The Rio-2016 the organization had to reduce by at least 900 million reais budget as a result of the economic crisis in the country, which generated a "slap on the wrist" IOC in relation to the structure that will be delivered. There is also the fear that possible political demonstrations near the stadiums or gymnasiums hinder the progress of the game, as occurred in the Cup of Confederations 2013. In the Olympic torch lighting ceremony in Greece, the IOC President Thomas Bach, tried appease the mood by saying that "despite the difficulties facing the country, the event will bring a message of hope to every corner of its territory." Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of COB, also insisted on a marriage speech during the most important sporting event in the world.

Pollution in Guanabara Bay

One of the great defeats of the organization of the Rio Games was not the fulfillment of the promise to clean up the Guanabara Bay in up to 80%. Dirt waters that receive the Games received criticism from the international press heavy. It was contemplated, including the possibility of Búzios, in the region of Lagos, get the sailing events, in place of the Guanabara Bay, but the organization played the initial project. In July last year, came the hardest blow: the Associated Press released a detailed study that revealed high presence of viruses known to cause stomach ailments, respiratory and other, including acute diarrhea and vomiting, the Guanabara Bay waters and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Shortly after, during test events at the local, foreign athletes reported discomfort and health problems caused by water pollution. The organization of the Games admits that the conditions are not the ideas, but ensure that there will be no major risks to the health of athletes.

Security and structure

A great experience lived in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup, with the city party and no serious recorded incident served as a good omen, despite all the history of violence in the most tourist city of Brazil. Last year, however, a new wave of insecurity, cases of deaths of cyclists by stabbing in areas of the city, returned to scare the organization. The deployments program of Pacifying Police Units in the favelas (UPP), created in 2008 to pacify the favelas of Rio, has been deteriorating since 2013. As SEE revealed, will not be implanted new UPP in 2016 and violence in the poorest areas of the city ​​again became a concern. Recently, the Australian federation has banned its athletes to visit slums during the Games. The last major blow to the image of the city was the accident on the bike path Tim Maia, the Niemeyer Avenue, which collapsed due to the undertow of Sao Conrado, killing two people.