Posts tagged Pan-American Games
For the original article by Maíra Mathias, Raquel Júnia and Raquel Torres in Portuguese, click here.
There was a community hampering Rio de Janeiro making itself beautiful for tourists coming to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. And still is, thanks to the resistance of hundreds of people, and in spite of the government’s systematic intrusions and tired arguments that you can’t stop progress, that the families will be compensated, that the city will help with the displacements, that a parking lot is more important now, etc. In this interview with Brasil de Fato, people who actively participate in the resistance process More >
Research funded by the IOC plans to follow promises made by the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee
One of the major social legacy promises found in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games Candidature File is the provision of infrastructure, programs and policies that support and encourage sport and physical activity participation among the city’s population, particularly among low-income youth.
The promise of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee drew the attention of local researchers Dr. Arianne C. Reis, now based at Southern Cross University in Australia, and MSc. Fabiana R. Sousa-Mast, a PhD candidate at the University of Basel in Switzerland. More >
While the Rio+20 UN conference may have disappointed many, its opening day marked a turning point for Vila Autódromo, the West Zone community situated just meters from where the conference took place. Last Wednesday, an estimated four thousand people gathered there to march in solidarity with the community that is threatened with removal for the 2016 Olympics.
A Director of the Neighborhood Association, Jane Nascimento, explains: “We held the demonstration to show that nothing has changed. Twenty years since the original Earth Summit and deforestation continues… We’re requesting respect for indigenous peoples and respect for housing and community and the need More >
To act like something still under scrutiny is decided is a well-known strategy to resolve an issue without having to systematize it. This is what (Rio’s largest daily) O Globo tried to do with its cover story this past Tuesday, October 4th, regarding the possible removal of Vila Autódromo, a community located adjacent to the future Olympic Park, in Rio’s West Zone. After stating with no justification that the community’s residents were assaulting fans waiting in line at Rock in Rio (music festival), the newspaper now emphasizes on the frontpage headline: “After the Rock (festival), Rio will rid itself of its favelas for More >
The Pan-American Games, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, set several precedents for the mega-events that will be hosted by the city in the next half dozen years. Hosting the Games established Rio as safe, efficient, and welcoming enough to make it a potential venue for major sporting events, and helped win bids for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. The relatively incident-free Games improved foreign views of Rio and Brazil, amending the stereotypical image of drug wars and beach parties. They established the city as a credible center for business and real estate development as well as More >