Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Fast Facts on Security and Health Preparedness for the 2016 Olympics

With just four days until Opening Ceremonies on Aug. 5, preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games appear to be on schedule.  While security, civil unrest, transportation, and health concerns persist, Brazilian authorities have implemented the city's security and transportation plans adequately.

Zika virus News in the Americas

During May-June, Zika virus transmission has continued to taper off in some areas including Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela where Zika virus case reports had previously been particularly high. In Colombia, for example, where officials have reported 89,962 suspected cases and 8,826 confirmed Zika virus infections as of July 9, disease activity has steadily decreased every week since early April.

Live from Rio: Protesters Serve as Welcoming Committee at Galeo International Airport

iJET Americas Intelligence Analyst, Abbott Matthews is on the ground in Brazil to cover the Rio 2016 Olympic Games throughout August. Stay tuned for related iJET alerts and Olympic Briefs in the Daily Intelligence Briefing beginning Aug. 5.

LGBT Travelers Could Face Risks During 2016 Olympics In Brazil

In Rio de Janeiro, the primary location for the majority of the 2016 Olympics events, LGBT travelers are likely to be safest in areas with a high concentration of LGBT venues and in mid- to upper-class neighborhoods but should maintain a low profile if attending the Olympic events or visiting parts of Rio other than areas along the southern beaches.

A Cidade Maravilhosa: Will the Olympic Games live up to Rio de Janeiro's nickname?

Rio de Janeiro’s nickname, the Marvelous City, is coming under fire as the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games approach. On June 17, Rio de Janeiro State Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles did the improbable: declared an economic state of emergency with just 49 days until opening ceremonies. Fearing a “total collapse” of the public security, transportation, health, and education infrastructure, Dornelles essentially filed for a state’s version of bankruptcy. To avoid possible strikes and protests that could disrupt the Games, the federal government was forced to step in and provide BRL 2.9 billion (USD 868 million) to the state.

Brazil: Counting Down to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

With less than 40 days remaining until the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, civil unrest, security, and health remain key concerns for visitors and residents in Rio de Janeiro. The fallout from corruption scandals and the impending impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff will likely weigh heavily on the opening ceremonies. Moreover, Rio de Janeiro State declared a fiscal state of emergency on June 17, citing its inability to pay civil servants and fulfill its financial obligations for the upcoming Games.

Health Concerns - Rio 2016: What to know before you go to Brazil

Travelers participating in or attending the pre-game events and/or the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics should be aware of the many health concerns at Rio 2016 in Brazil. The threat of infectious disease outbreaks will be especially heightened during the Olympics as mass gatherings create the ideal setting for the importation and spread of diseases. Therefore, education regarding pre-travel immunizations, precautions for food, water, and insect bites, and ensuring an understanding of the local health resources are vital to mitigating the health threats in Brazil.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Preparation

Vice President Michel Temer assumes presidency in Brazil with an uncertain future. In contrast to the international community's focus on Brazil's preparedness for the Games, many Brazilians are more concerned with whether their government will collapse or if corruption will continue to run rampant among the political elite.

Brazil: Threat Assessment of Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games amid Deepening Political Crisis

The ongoing political crisis in Brazil, spurred by the temporary suspension of President Dilma Rousseff and the ongoing impeachment trial against her, has caused increasing civil unrest in the country and could contribute to a less secure environment for the Games.