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Hosting World Cup, Summer Olympics Brings Brazil Headaches

LADB Article ID: 78524
Category/Department: Brazil
Date: 2012-03-09
By: Andrés Gaudín

Preparations to host two of the world's major sporting events—the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics—are changing the face of the South American giant, and not only because of the infrastructure projects being built to house thousands of athletes and, it is believed, some 2 million visitors. What is worse, say analysts close to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, they are changing the government's timing and methods. Many sectors want to benefit from the eyes of the world being on Brazil for reasons other than its formidable economic performance. With the world looking at how the country is preparing to confront its endemic insecurity problem, the police in several states are going on strike with demands that many are calling disproportionate and unaffordable for the state's treasury.

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