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Rio Olympics 2016: 5 major concerns for the authorities during the Games

With only one month left for the Rio Olympic Games, we take a look at the factors which can harm the Games

Top 5 / Top 10 05 Jul 2016, 21:26 IST

In the year 2009, Brazil stood up tall to the world and made a successful bid to host the 2016 Olympics. The country was doing well politically and economically and was one of the brightest developing countries. Brazil’s economy was seeing an upward curve and the government was doing so much right. They had literally pulled out 30 million people from below the poverty line.

But now in 2016, with just a month to go for the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, the situation has changed for the country and its citizens. 

Ever since the start of 2016, the South American nation has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. We take a look at some of the major concerns which can harm the country’s bid to conduct a successful and a memorable Olympic Games:

#1 Zika virus

An anti-Zika volunteer in Rio ahead of the Games

Zika is a virus related to dengue and yellow fever. It can be transmitted to the humans through a mosquito bite or sexual intercourse. When transmitted to a pregnant woman, it can cause microcephaly or severe brain malformations in their babies.

Currently, there is no cure for the virus. In Brazil alone, there have been reports of 1.5 million people being infected by the Zika virus. Ahead of the Olympics, the virus is the biggest concern as some athletes have also withdrawn from the Games due to it.

Apart from the athletes, Brazil will also be affected if they do not get the expected tourism into the country during the three-week event.

The International Olympic Committee has come forward and said that the tourists from other nations will be very safe in Brazil if they take the right precautions. But the World Health Organisation declared the spread of Zika virus as an international emergency.

Therefore, there are still major worries for fans and athletes alike because reports suggest that the virus has not been controlled in the country. 

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