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Rivaldo, Brazilian Soccer Legend, Urges People Not to Attend Brazil Olympics
Citing crime and political unrest (but not mentioning the ecological messes abundant in the country), soccer legend Rivaldo has urged all foreigners planning on attending the Brazil Olympics this summer to just stay home.
He said publicly:
“Things are getting uglier here every day. I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio to stay in their country of origin. Your life will be in danger here. This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil.”
Not a glowing endorsement from a national spokesman, but perhaps an important message. He posted an Instagram photo earlier of a 17-year-old woman who was killed just days ago in a shootout in Rio de Janeiro.
Hoje pela amanhã no Rio de Janeiro os bandidos mataram esta menina de 17 anos. A coisa está cada vez mais feia no Brasil. Aconselho a todos que tem intenção de visitar o Brasil ou vir para as Olimpíadas no Rio, é para que fiquem no seu país de origem. Aqui você estará correndo risco de vida. Isto sem falar nos hospitais públicos que estão sem condições e toda esta bagunça na política brasileira. Só Deus para mudar a situação do nosso Brasil.
Ticket sales have been sluggish due to foreign concern over the host country, as well as a national economic slump that prices out many locals who would otherwise attend.
Hat Tip – [Washington Post]