Rocinha: The truth behind the stereotype

Daniel Sansom

In the months leading up to Rio 2016, Brazil’s capability to host the 31st Olympiad had come under immense scrutiny. Concerns over water quality, fears over the Zika virus, the unbearable state of the Olympic Village and worries over the city’s security measures forced many athletes to withdraw from competing before the Games even began. There has, however, always been a greater issue facing the country’s second most populous city. The divide between the rich and the poor has been an ongoing problem since the late nineteenth century, and the announcement that Rio de Janeiro would become the first city in South America to host the Olympics has done nothing to patch up this bitter relationship. As the Brazilian government poured money into making the city an adequate place to stage the world’s most renowned sporting event, areas in greater need of assistance were, as they always have been…

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