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    Russia hopes athletics federation will be reinstated in May

    Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday he hoped the Russian Athletics Federation would be reinstated by the sport's governing body in May.

    Mutko was speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    (Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; writing by Polina Devitt; editing by Jack Stubbs)
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    Romanian Women's Gymnastics Team Fails To Qualify For Olympics, Ending Medal Streak
    April 18, 2016 2:39 PM ET

    Larisa Andreea Iordache of Romania performs on the balance beam during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
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    After four decades of Olympic glory, the Romanian women's gymnastic team has failed to even qualify for the Summer Games in Rio.

    The team — which has medaled in every Olympics since 1976 — missed the top four in a test event on Sunday. The fifth-place finish at the final Olympics qualifying event rules the team out of a spot in the 2016 games.

    The four qualifying teams from last week's competition are Brazil, Germany, Belgium and France, adding to the field of eight teams that had already secured their Olympic future at last year's world championships: United States, Russia, Britain, China, Italy, Japan, Canada, Netherlands.

    The trouble really started for the Romanian team at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in October, when they finished in a dismal 13th place. But even after that competition, in which four of five gymnasts fell during their uneven-bar routines, the thought that the Romanians might miss out on the Rio Olympics altogether was hard to fathom.

    USA Today's Nancy Armour, wrote at the time:

    "While there's little chance of Romania missing out on Rio, having to go to the test event would be a stunning embarrassment for a team that has been a gymnastics powerhouse for 40 years. Imagine Tiger Woods having to go to Q school, and you get the picture of how big a trainwreck this is."
    Trainwreck indeed. The Romanian women's team has not only medaled in every Olympics since '76, it won gold in 1984, 2000 and 2004. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Catalina Ponor came out of retirement to try to help Romania qualify, but the team came up short. On Sunday, she expressed her disappointment on Instagram:

    "Today it was a sad day for us , Romania unfortunately didn't qualify for Olympics , so sad for me cause actually I come back from retirement just for this .... Well didn't happened ! I don't know what it will happened from now on but I wanna say Thank u for everyone for your support and wanna thank u first to all brasilians that they were calling out loud my name !That was the best moment , a feeling that I haven't feel from long time ago ! I fight for this team till the end I wanted to show that whatever wanna do , u can ! And yes I can still do gymnastics beside my age and not only to do , I still can do at high level ! Anyways thank u again for all your support it was an amazing feeling to compete here in Rio ! Love u all."
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    We've been talking about Tiriac and Nastase's issues re tennis in Romania. Could the "no one cares" attitude be the root cause of this?
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    Report: Russia says athletes have 'moral right' to be in Rio
    Apr. 23, 2016 5:10 AM EDT

    BERLIN (AP) — Russia's sports minister is arguing in an interview with a German magazine that his country's athletes have a "moral right" to take part in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    The IAAF council is expected to rule on the fate of Russian athletes in mid-June. Russia is banned from international track and field after its athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF in November following allegations of state-sponsored and systematic doping made by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel.

    Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was quoted Saturday as telling the German weekly Der Spiegel that Russia has "done everything" to be reinstated. He said: "Our athletes have the moral right to be in Rio."

    Asked whether the entire Russian team would boycott the Olympics if athletes are excluded, he replied: "No."
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  5. #50

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    Donald Trump's hotel for the Rio Olympics is not done and housing for 7 nations is now up in the air
    Emmett Knowlton

    A new Trump-branded hotel in the Barra de Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro is scrambling to finish its construction by late July in time for this summer's Olympics, which begin August 5th.
    According to the Brazilian site Globe Esporte, seven international sports federations slated to stay at the Trump Hotel for the Summer Games were informed by Olympic officials earlier this week that they are concerned the hotel's construction will not be finished.

    No athletes have plans to stay in the hotel, but precautionary back-up lodging options for the officials, coaches and trainers scheduled to stay at the Trump Hotel reportedly have been already been arranged.

    "That is the one we fear," Agberto Guimaraes, Rio 2016’s director of sport, said of the new Trump hotel from Switzerland last week, according to Bloomberg.

    Trump Hotels was not immediately available when reached for comment.

    Builders behind Rio’s first Trump-branded hotel are racing to open before the Olympics

    — Bloomberg (@business) April 26, 2016
    The Trump Hotel is not the only hotel in Rio racing to finish its construction in time for the Olympics. The opening of two Holiday Inn properties, also in Barra de Tijuca, has been postponed until 2017, well after the Games conclude.

    Still, the construction's potential photo-finish is indicative of the larger infrastructural problems plaguing Rio with less than four months until the Opening Ceremonies.

    Most worryingly, construction of the the indoor cycling track has missed several deadlines, causing a test event for cyclists to be pushed back until late June. Similarly, a crucial subway extension that will deliver fans from downtown Rio to various Olympic venues is still under construction, and there is still no clear timetable for its completion. Last week, a stretch of the city's new bike path — which was opened in January and touted as a legacy of the Olympics — collapsed, killing at least two people.

    According to Bloomberg, a recent IOC inspection delegation concluded that "thousands and thousands of little things" are left to complete.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  6. #51

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    Meet again we do, old foe...

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  8. #53

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    With Brazil in Turmoil, Rio Counts Down to Olympics
    By REBECCA R. RUIZ APRIL 27, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s president is facing impeachment. The country’s economy is in sharp decline. Bodies of water that will be used for Olympic competitions are polluted, and global public health officials are trying to tamp down the Zika virus epidemic.

    With 100 days before the Olympic Games come to South America for the first time, Rio de Janeiro faces more than the usual challenges that bedevil host cities, like delayed stadium construction and transportation concerns. (Rio has those, too.)

    The mood here, however, is hardly one of panic. Officials in charge of executing the Summer Games say they feel insulated from Brazil’s turmoil at this late stage. The Olympics, after all, tend to exist in their own bubble, elaborately coordinated to ensure that the multibillion-dollar operation goes off smoothly.

    “The machine is in place, and it’s relatively stable,” Ricardo Leyser, Brazil’s sports minister, said in an interview this week. “My biggest concern isn’t any individual issue. It’s the small demands that all come at once.”

    Local organizers are beginning to lay colorful comforters — patterned with the silhouettes of cartoon cyclists, fencers and swimmers — on the twin beds in the athletes’ village. They are monitoring the growth of 14-month-old grass that will be transplanted to Maracanã, the famous soccer stadium that will also be used for the opening and closing ceremonies. They are pulling trash from Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue; mopping standing water to minimize mosquito breeding; and ramping up a 24-7 security operation — all the while publicly expressing little worry about the unrest encircling them.

    On Wednesday, with the handoff of the Olympic flame in Greece and the start of a relay that will bring it to Brazil in little more than a week, the official countdown to the Aug. 5 opening ceremony begins.

    In Rio, the race to be ready is intensifying, with construction workers here still laboring on mass transit projects that were key promises in the city’s bid seven years ago. Costing several billion dollars, those projects include a new subway line and express bus lanes that connect the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca to the rest of the city, which is expected to swell with more than half a million visitors.

    As the value of the Brazilian real has drastically declined over the last year, some have expressed doubt that the transit projects will materialize beyond the sleek modernist weather shelters that have been built at various stations. At a news conference Wednesday, the city’s secretary of transportation said that the new routes would be ready in time but did not specify when.

    To the vast majority of people watching the Games on television, however, such infrastructure may not matter.

    The permanent venues for competitions here are mostly complete — all but those for tennis and track-cycling — and athletes from around the world have competed in dozens of test events in Rio in recent months. “It’s about the filling of the cake,” Mr. Leyser said. “It’s not about the stadiums, it’s about the scoreboards.”

    As of the latest counts, 62 percent of the 5.7 million tickets on the market have been sold, roughly half of the total tickets for the Olympics, and 24 percent of tickets available for the Paralympics have been sold. But unlike at past Olympics, those spectators may be disproportionately international compared with other Games, according to Andrew Parsons, president of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee.

    For some Brazilians, the country’s political and economic crises have cast a shadow on the celebration. President Dilma Rousseff’s ouster looks increasingly likely amid a sweeping graft scandal, and the lawmakers in line to succeed her are clouded by their own controversies.

    Questions of corruption have extended to Olympics planning, particularly after a businessman who worked on many Olympics projects in Rio was convicted of corruption and money-laundering related to separate contracts. Mr. Leyser said no public official had been accused of wrongdoing. “It’s more an administrative issue than a corruption scheme,” he said. “It’s basically a question of the numbers.”

    Mr. Leyser called the devaluation of Brazil’s currency an opportunity, increasing the buying power of foreign money coming into Brazil for the Games.

    But not everyone sees the event as a boon to the country. Shirlei Alves, who lives in the Santa Marta favela of this city, criticized the government for spending on the Olympics in the face of Brazil’s problems.

    “The world is just getting worse here,” Ms. Alves said, noting she was without medication and electricity. “The government is making a mistake. I'd like if they’d take a better look at the poor people and not help people who are already rich.”

    Eduardo Paes, mayor of the city of Rio, said Wednesday that the city had a “comfortable financial situation,” and had spent 1 percent of what it spent on health education on stadium construction.

    “I know people are skeptical,” Mr. Paes said, noting the “huge deliverables” for the Olympics. “Of course the situation here has been difficult. But there is a commitment of the Brazilian state to deliver the Olympics” in the face of the political and economic turmoil.

    Perhaps the most vexing issue for local organizers — the one that might stir anxiety among athletes and spectators — is the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and temporary paralysis. Zika is of greater concern outside Rio, in the far north of Brazil, but the World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency and advised pregnant women not to travel anywhere in Brazil.

    “The Olympics is a pretty effective way of taking whatever disease is local and making it global,” Ashish K. Jha, director of the Global Health Institute at Harvard, said.

    Some scientists have suggested that by the time the Olympics start in August — wintertime in Brazil, when mosquitoes are fewer — the virus might be more prevalent in the southern United States.

    “Zika’s been spreading effectively on its own, but there’s very good reason to think the Olympics will accelerate the spread,” Dr. Jha said.

    But the virus poses a unique problem because it is so far beyond the control of local organizing officials, and so many questions remain unanswered about it. Few athletes have publicly expressed concern, but it is unclear how many might withdraw as the Games get closer.

    “At this point,” however, “you just keep going,” David Wallechinsky, an Olympics historian, said. “You have to continue as if everything’s going to be fine. These are real concerns — Zika, the water quality. But even if Dilma is forced out of office, it’s not going to stop the Olympics.”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  9. #54

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    Zika-Proof Olympic Uniforms?
    South Korea unveiled new uniforms infused with mosquito-repellant as fear grows of the Zika virus in Brazil.

    Zika virus is now influencing fashion standards at the Olympics.

    The South Korean Olympic committee has found a way to infuse mosquito-repellent chemicals into the team’s uniforms for this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro. All outfits, which are worn during ceremonies, training sessions, and in the Olympic Village, have long pants and long-sleeve shirts. The provisions will apparently prevent South Korean athletes from being bitten by mosquitoes that may be infected with the virus that’s been linked to birth defects.

    But South Korean officials are going even further to protect their athletes, as the Associated Press notes:

    A team of South Korean government and Olympic officials visited Rio de Janeiro earlier this month to inspect Olympic venues and local hospitals. The Korean Olympic Committee said it expects to soon provide guidelines to Olympic athletes and others traveling to the games about how to protect themselves from Zika.
    While all athletes will be able to use mosquito-repellent spray during the competitions, their sporting uniforms won’t have special protections “because of strict rules and performance concerns,” reports the AP.

    U.S. Olympic officials have expressed deep concern over the Zika virus in Brazil, but they have not changed uniforms just yet. During the closing ceremony, both the men and women will wear Ralph Lauren-designed shorts. Still, U.S. Olympic Committee officials did tell leaders of U.S. sport federations in a call in January that some athletes should consider not going to the Games if they are concerned with their health.

    Reuters reports:

    Federations were told that no one should go to Brazil "if they don't feel comfortable going. Bottom line," said Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Russia Denies Frustrating Olympics Dope Tests
    Sky sources claim Russian authorities are asking for 30 days' notice of doping visits and disputing payments for control officers.

    By Paul Kelso, Sports Correspondent

    UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) officials are facing significant challenges in their attempts to test Russian athletes, resulting in a major reduction in the number of tests that will be carried out before the Olympics.

    Sky News can reveal UKAD was asked by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to take over drug testing earlier this year following revelations of state-supported doping within Russian athletics.

    Russian athletes were ejected from international competition, the Russian anti-doping agency was disbanded, and Moscow's laboratory lost its accreditation to carry out tests.

    UKAD officials began testing athletes in January, but anti-doping sources have told Sky News their efforts have been frustrated by officials asking for 30 days' notice of tests and the Russian authorities disputing payments for doping control officers.

    It is also alleged that Russian customs delays are preventing the transport of blood samples to laboratories outside the country within the 48-hour window required for accurate testing.

    As a result, the number of tests carried out by the UKAD-run team is falling well below the almost 1,000 per-month conducted by the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA.

    Despite this the Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, speaking exclusively to Sky News, insisted Russian athletes are co-operating with the UKAD operation and should be allowed to travel to the Olympics.

    The challenges will be raised at a WADA board meeting in Montreal this week and the revelations could further harm Russia's chances of being re-admitted to track and field in time for the Rio Olympics.

    The claims may impact on public confidence in Russian athletes across other sports who will compete in Brazil.

    Mr Mutko said: "There is no basis for our team not to be participating in the Olympic Games. Athletics is hugely popular in Russia, most of our athletes are honest.

    "We have been working with UKAD for four months. The first month it took 67 tests, the next month 150, now it is 200. By the end of the year the amount of positive tests will be no larger than when we did it ourselves."

    UKAD declined to comment and WADA said it would respond once the issues have been discussed by its board.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Re: Sharapova Tests + For Banned Substance

    I'm sorry, and no offense is meant to anyone, but
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    Off the Podium: Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means That Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic Games Must Not Proceed

    Brazil’s Zika problem is inconveniently not ending. The outbreak that began in the country’s northeast has reached Rio de Janeiro, where it is flourishing. Clinical studies are also mounting that Zika infection is associated not just with pediatric microcephaly and brain damage, but also adult conditions such as Guillain-Barré syndrome[1] and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which are debilitating and sometimes fatal.[2]

    Simply put, Zika infection is more dangerous, and Brazil’s outbreak more extensive, than scientists reckoned a short time ago. Which leads to a bitter truth: the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games must be postponed, moved, or both, as a precautionary concession. There are five reasons.

    First, Rio de Janeiro is more affected by Zika than anyone expected, rendering earlier assumptions of safety obsolete. When in January the International Olympic Committee declared Rio a “safe environment” for the Games, it was speculating, because Brazil’s Ministry of Health temporized until February to declare Zika a notifiable disease and begin counting cases.[3] [4] Now with those data finally available, the situation seems not so safe: Rio de Janeiro’s suspected Zika cases are the highest of any state in in Brazil (26,000), and its Zika incidence rate is the fourth worst (157 per 100,000).[5] Or in other words: according to the Brazil’s official data, Rio is not on the fringes of the outbreak, but inside its heart.

    Many have suggested that Zika will follow the pattern of other mosquito-borne diseases and decline during Rio’s winter months of July to September. While that is probably true, nobody actually knows because Rio has never experienced a winter with Zika before. If one assumes, reasonably, that Zika will behave like dengue fever, because they are caused by related viruses and transmitted by the same Aedes aegypti mosquito, then Zika transmission will ebb but not vanish in Rio’s winter, just as dengue did in winters past.

    However, nobody knows how deep winter’s ebb will be, especially this year, because Rio is undergoing a surprising and unexplained disease surge: in Rio de Janeiro city, dengue cases in the first quarter of 2016 are a shocking six fold higher than a year ago (8,133 cases, compared to 1,285 cases).[6] [7] That vertiginous rise is very worrisome, because it roughly coincides with the biggest military mobilization in Brazil’s history, aimed at intensifying mosquito-killing efforts.[8] It would appear that those impressive efforts did not work as well as hoped in Rio, and with the starting baseline of Aedes-borne disease so much higher this year than last, it is far from guaranteed that the coming winter’s ebb will make a “safe environment” for the Games.

    Second, although Zika virus was discovered nearly seventy years ago, the viral strain that recently entered Brazil is clearly new, different, and vastly more dangerous than “old” Zika. Phylogenetic mapping demonstrates that this particular virus arrived in Brazil from French Polynesia in 2013.[9] Although the danger went unnoticed in French Polynesia at first, retrospective analyses now show that the risk of microcephaly increased by 23 to 53 fold.[10]

    Later studies from Brazil now powerfully argue that the relationship is truly causal.[11] For example, in Rio de Janeiro—where the Games will take place—a very recent study shows that among women with confirmed Zika infections during pregnancy, fully 29% had fetal abnormalities on ultrasound.[12] Further, the Brazilian microcephaly cases have an unusual constellation of congenital defects severer than classical microcephaly, and suggestive of “fetal brain disruption sequence” in which the developing brain and skull collapse while other anatomical features like the scalp skin keep growing.11

    The effects on the adult nervous system are only beginning to be studied, but the preliminary findings are not good, and suggest that exposure to the virus is linked to Guillain-Barré disease, increasing the odds 60 fold.1 [13] Science cannot yet explain what makes this new Polynesian/Brazilian viral clade exceptionally neuropathological, so the assumption must be that if it spreads to other places, harm to human health will too. Would that we knew for sure, but we don’t, so precaution is called for.

    Third, while Brazil’s Zika inevitably will spread globally — given enough time, viruses always do — it helps nobody to speed that up.[14] In particular, it cannot possibly help when an estimated 500,000 foreign tourists flock into Rio for the Games, potentially becoming infected, and returning to their homes where both local Aedes mosquitoes and sexual transmission can establish new outbreaks.[15] [16]

    All it takes is one infected traveler: indeed phylogenetic and molecular clock analyses establish that Brazil’s cataclysmic outbreak stems from a single viral introduction event likely between May and December 2013.9 A few viral introductions of that kind, in a few countries, or maybe continents, would make a full-blown global health disaster. Scientists can disagree on how much the mass migration of 500,000 foreigners will accelerate the virus’s global spread and make the pandemic worse—but none can possibly argue that it will slow it down or make things better.

    Fourth, when (not if) the Games speed up Zika’s spread, the already-urgent job of inventing new technologies to stop it becomes harder. Basic Zika research is already on the fast track, and with time, the odds are excellent that scientists can develop, test and prove an effective Zika vaccine, antiviral drug, insecticide, or genetically-engineered mosquito. But by spreading the virus faster and farther, the Games steal away the very thing – time – that scientists and public health professionals need to build such defenses.

    Fifth, proceeding with the Games violates what the Olympics stand for. The International Olympic Committee writes that “Olympism seeks to create … social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles”. But how socially responsible or ethical is it to spread disease? Sports fans who are wealthy enough to visit Rio’s Games choose Zika’s risks for themselves, but when some of them return home infected, their fellow citizens bear the risk too—meaning that the upside is for the elite, but the downside is for the masses. This equity problem takes on added meaning in poorer, weaker countries like Nigeria, India or Indonesia, which haven’t got the resources to fight Zika that Brazil does—and which anyway are proving insufficient. Putting them at risk for Games that are, essentially, bread and circuses seems ethically questionable.

    Which leads to a simple question: But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now? Of course not: mass migration into the heart of an outbreak is a public health no-brainer. And given the choice between accelerating a dangerous new disease or not—for it is impossible that Games will slow Zika down—the answer should be a no-brainer for the Olympic organizers too. Putting sentimentality aside, clearly the Rio 2016 Games must not proceed.

    There is precedent for flexibility. Recently, America’s baseball leagues rescheduled and moved games out of Puerto Rico because of Zika.[17] Historically, the 1976 Winter Olympics were moved, and the 1994 Winter Olympics broke with the regular schedule. London, Beijing, Athens and Sydney still possess useable Olympic facilities to take over from Rio. Since the IOC decided in 2014 that the Olympics could be shared between countries, sporting events could even be parceled out between them, turning Zika’s negative into an unprecedented positive: the first transcontinental, truly Global Olympics.[18]

    Any of these alternatives will cost money of course. But unless those with a financial stake in the Games planned poorly, they will have cancellation insurance, legal escape clauses for force majeure, and an exit strategy. Nothing of the sort can be said for the world’s population whose health is at stake. For while the financial victims can recover their losses or even go bankrupt and rebuild, for the global health victims there is no such thing as going “bankrupt” on a virus or pandemic.

    Regrettably, instead of discussing the alternatives, both the International Olympic Committee and the World Health Organization seem to be in deep denial. Asked about Zika, the most senior member of the IOC, Dick Pound, mocked it as “a manufactured crisis” for anyone but pregnant women (manufactured by whom?).[19] With the most recent epidemiological evidence out of Rio, and new clinical studies all but proving that Zika causes microcephaly and, maybe, Guillain-Barré disease, the IOC’s sanguine, official statement on Zika and the Games from January 2016 is hopelessly obsolete—that organization must now break its months-long silence.

    Even worse is WHO, which has never issued an official statement on Zika and the Olympics. When I pressed WHO about that in April, through a spokesperson it “agreed with” the IOC’s obsolete statement, but refused to answer the direct question of whether WHO has confidence in Rio’s Games being safe.[20] It is deplorable, incompetent and dangerous that WHO, which has both public health expertise and the duty of health protection, is speechlessly deferring to the IOC, which has neither. WHO’s hesitancy is reminiscent of its mistakes with Ebola, all over again.

    None of this is meant to deny that the Games are a much-loved event. But where is the love for the possible victims of a foreseeable global catastrophe: the damaged or dead adults, and the babies for whom—and mark these coldly clinical words carefully—fetal brain disruption sequence is as terrible as it sounds, and extinguishes the hope of a normal life even before it has begun? With stakes like that, bluntly put, these Olympics are no game at all.

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    Maybe too late but Brazilian Soccer Star Rivaldo has gone public stating that people (and athletes) should stay away from Rio. He is telling people it is not safe in any way: health wise and criminal wise. He stated: "Stay away. We can not protect you when you are here".

    Not that we didn't know, but...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Maybe too late but Brazilian Soccer Star Rivaldo has gone public stating that people (and athletes) should stay away from Rio. He is telling people it is not safe in any way: health wise and criminal wise. He stated: "Stay away. We can not protect you when you are here".

    Not that we didn't know, but...
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    I read this Broadly piece yesterday. It focuses mostly on the forced evictions and unsafe sanitation issues for folks living in the favelas, but it also dabbled in the crime problems in the area.

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