First it was Zika virus, now Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira also known as Rivaldo has gone all out telling tourists and athletes from all over the world not to come and participate in the coming summer Olympics that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Aug. 5 to 21.
Rivaldo, who was a member of team Brazil that won the World Cup in 2002, posted on his Instagram account that tourists should just stay at home. This after a 17-year old teenager was killed by bandits, thus spreading fear for both athletes and spectators who are expected to flock in to witness the greatest athletes of the world compete in various sporting disciplines.
“Today for tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro bandits killed this girl 17 years. The thing is getting uglier in Brazil. I advise everyone who intends to visit Brazil or come to the Olympics in Rio, is to remain in their country of origin. Here you will be in danger of life. Not to mention in public hospitals that are unable and all this mess in Brazilian politics. Only God to change the situation of our Brazil,” Rivaldo said on his account.
The IOC has yet to comment on the statement but one thing clear, Rivaldo is calling for people to be extra careful if they still want to come to Brazil and enjoy the Olympics. Aside from security, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been closely working with inter agencies to also help prevent any athletes acquiring the Zika virus, which will also be a major concern aside from security and water issues during the Olympics.
For the WHO, Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) of Zika virus disease is not clear, but is likely to be a few days. The symptoms are similar to other arboviral infections such as dengue and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. Local health authorities have observed an increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome which coincided with Zika virus infections in the general public, as well as an increase in babies born with microcephaly in northeast Brazil and the virus can be transmitted even sexually.
Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports reports that Brazil is in turmoil as protests are in its heights of calling for abrupt change in the country’s politics. Adelson writes that when the Olympic flame arrived in Brazil last May 3, protests greeted the Olympic spirit as one protest was calling for an impeachment of a certain official in government and another one against a “coup” plot.
“The situation in Brazil right now looks like this: The economy is crashing and no one knows quite what to do about it,” Adelson stated.
Now Brazil officials have their hands full as they have to solve problems of security for the athletes and tourists as well as guaranteeing their safety from the Zika virus.
The Olympics is set to have more than 200,000 people flocking Brazil and officials will have to keep it tight or else their country’s reputation will be at stake, as Rivaldo believes.
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