Brazil is ready to welcome the world, says Temer


ISLAMABAD: The interim coach of Brazil, Michel Temer said that Brazil is ready to welcome the world with open arms. Rio Olympics are scheduled to kick off from August 5 to August 21.

Temer said, “We are ready to host the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to take place in South America. The Olympic Village, housing more than 17,000 participating athletes in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most beautiful settings, has just been inaugurated. All sports facilities, especially those serving the Olympic Park in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, are also up and ready.”

He also revealed that they have put up a solid security plan of 85,000 federal, state, and municipal government personnel to ensure foolproof security, “This contingent of security personnel will work in an integrated fashion, overseeing the protection of athletes, coaching staffs, heads of state, government officials, local residents, and journalists.”

He further told that it will be just the first mega event of a number of mega events that Brazil will host in future, “Over the past few years, our country has developed an expertise in hosting mega-events on an international scale. We hosted the World Cup, the Pan-American Games, the World Military Games, World Youth Day, and the Confederations Cup — all unanimous successes, which we conducted in a spirit of excellence, dedication and with the characteristic Brazilian joie de vivre. And now, another success is on its way.”

“The Games will show the world one of the major global economies at work in a mature democracy: a country with great business potential that at the same time has set the standard for policies to fight inequality. Rio de Janeiro is expected to receive hundreds of thousands visitors from Brazil and abroad during the Games, while the five “Soccer Cities”—São Paulo, Salvador, Manaus, Brasília and Belo Horizonte—will also find themselves inundated with local and foreign fans. Hosting events on this scale represents both a momentous accomplishment for the Brazilian people and a source of immense national pride,” he told.

“It should be emphasized that 60 percent, 7.07 billion reais, of the total investment in the Olympic facilities were financed by the private sector. These resources and efforts will remain as legacies to the entire country. For instance, the Games will disseminate throughout Brazil the hallmark values of competitive sports: cooperation, solidarity, discipline, and resiliency. As a more concrete benefit, Brazilians throughout the country’s five geographic regions will also inherit a national sports training network of world-class facilities for both sports beginners and high-performance athletes,” he further stated.

“Finally, in Rio de Janeiro, the Games have greatly influenced the implementation of public policy, causing the city to fast track, expand and even initiate many municipal infrastructure and mobility projects. The direct, favorable impact of these policies on the quality of life of the city’s residents is evident,” he added.

He also addressed the sensitive issue of Zika virus, “Over the past few weeks, rumor of the possibility of an outbreak of topical-disease during the Games has circulated. We can assure you—as has the World Health Organization — that the risk of Zika infection during the Games is practically non-existent. Historically, an extremely low incidence of disease transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti has been recorded during the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere.”

“Indeed, there has been a dramatic decline in cases of Zika infection in Rio de Janeiro and throughout Brazil in the past few weeks. I recall a similar prediction of epidemic during the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil, when we hosted 1. 4 million foreign visitors. No epidemic occurred. Then as now, tourists can be assured of favorable health conditions during the Olympic Games.”

Brazil is ready to receive all of the visitors who will be enjoying the pleasure of watching the world’s elite international sports athletes compete, and, surely, we will have a great deal to show the five billion viewers from around the world who will be watching the Games as well. Brazil awaits you with open arms,” the interim president of Brazil concluded.