Violence Will Not Harm Rio’s Candidacy for Olympic Games
By Dialogo September 22, 2009Violence will not harm the city of Rio de Janeiro’s candidacy to host the 2016 Olympic Games, for which it is competing against Tokyo, Chicago, and Madrid, the Brazilian Justice Minister, Tarso Genro, said, as quoted by state news agency Agencia Brasil. “Public safety is not what will determine the city’s rejection or selection as host for the 2016 Olympics, but rather the authorities’ capacity to respond to the demands of organizing events that bring together large numbers of people, like New Year’s Eve and Carnival,” which attract millions of people to Rio de Janeiro every year and during which an effort is made to reduce violence, the minister affirmed. Another example put forward by the minister was the 2007 Pan American Games. Although rates of violence are high in the metropolis, much visited by tourists, “the problems of violence that we face (in Rio) are not foreign to other cities, even candidates (to host the Olympic Games) like Rio. There are serious problems of public safety that involve issues of racism, terrorism,” in other cities, the minister added. “The principal problem that concerns the International Olympic Committee is not public safety, but rather the hotel network and transportation,” Genro affirmed. Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago are the four finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Olympic Games, and the selection will be made on 2 October in Copenhagen, where the president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will be present.