Published on : Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Amid all the concerns on Zika outbreak and Brazil’s own political drama, with Ms Rousseff’s trial, Brazil’s sports minister remains very positive that the game experience will be successful for all who will be participating in the Rio Olympics in August 2016.
Despite warnings from 200 scientists who asked for the Olympics to be postponed, Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani dismissed all uncertainties.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) which was initially dismissing calls for postponing the gaming event examined the risk of allowing the games to continue in the summers and sent an open letter declaring that it was unethical for the games to go ahead in Rio as planned. The opening ceremony is scheduled to be on the 5 August.
Picciani declared that 2,000 health workers had been deployed to inform Rio’s population on how to combat mosquito’s which spreads the Zika virus. Since the games will be held in the winter months of August he said the number of mosquitoes will be low. He has assured safety for the athletes who are skeptical about travelling to Rio.
Rio is opening doors for visitors so that they have a great experience outside the Olympic Games too. Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor has inaugurated a new light rail system. It’s the latest urban project for the city. Google Maps with its ‘Explore’ feature to Brazil Maps for the 2016 Rio Olympics will help travellers become more familiar with nearest restaurants featuring lists of food and drink locations ranging from ‘best breakfasts’ to ‘waterside dining from where you are located. This feature can be accessed from iPhone and Android.
The country has already lifted visa requirements for tourists from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States, encouraging travel to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. Tourists will boost the country’s economy by spending in hotels, restaurants, car hire, travel agencies and many other sectors, felt Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves.
There were a lot of questions raised on Brazil’s ability to host this huge sporting event. The country had managed to host the World Cup Football in 2015 and immediately after it had begun planning for the Olympics. The Olympic Games are a unique entity and no other country in South America has been positioned to host the grand event. Brazil has faced several security challenges with street protests and growing crime rates, its political conditions have been highly unstable and the country is reeling under the pressure of high inflation, unemployment and stark poverty. It was believed by that the Olympics would help in expanding the country’s economy and cushion its near void coffers. Losing faith on their President, the people of Brazil are waiting to see what comes along with the mega sporting event. However the warnings for Zika are looming uncertainties over Brazil’s position to host the Olympics. The participation form tourists may not be as expected with warnings coming from Rivaldo, the Brazilian Soccer Star and WHO, but the preparation for the games has been based on uncompromised will to go ahead with the event against all adversity. The sports minister is determined to see the event being hosted in Rio with participation form more than 10,500 Olympic Athletes and as many as 6 Million Olympic Games tickets are expected to be sold out. Brazil is looking at a huge economic boom in the light of the Olympics; the only fear is threats from the Zika outbreak.