Monday, July 18, 2011

Today’s Video: Trial by fire

Preparations continue in Brazil in anticipation of the 2014 World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Plenty of obstacles persist including projects running behind schedule and the displacement of some favela slum residents.

An important tests of Rio's preparedness for the upcoming twin global sporting events comes this week with the fifth World Military Games (WMG). The video below shows some of the pomp and splendor of the opening ceremonies that took place on Saturday at the Joao Havelange Stadium. But as noted in this article by Xinhua, there have been numerous problems at the WMG related to security and media communications.

Online Sources - AS/COA Online, Xinhua
Video Source - EFE via YouTube

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