Imagine the Olympics: Brazilian crisis worries the IOC

The Committee monitors in real time the unfolding of the Brazilian crisis.
25/03/2016 12h01 - Updated 25/03/2016 12h01
Photo: Julio Cesar Guimarães / Folhapress

Under any circumstances, the International Olympic Committee (WATCH) It is keen to follow to the letter the century liturgy of events sponsored by the organization. So it will be in 21 of April, When, in a play that is repeated every four years in the cradle of the Games, in Olympia, in Greece, eleven Vestals will use a modern mechanism to capture the sun's rays, no temple of Hera, and through them to light the torch which will arrive in Rio de Janeiro in August.

The staging, legitimate and beautiful, sounds alien to the world of real things, and asks an essential question: Dilma Rousseff will be there, as the said protocol, despite the Olympic melting his government? quite possibly, no. The IOC monitors in real time the unfolding of the Brazilian crisis, the extent of its members being able to discuss knowingly about the next steps in the impeachment process and the composition of the Supreme Court.

The political collapse was not part of the IOC's narrative for the Rio Games. The latest bid was the removal of the Sports Minister, George Hilton. Fortunately, to committee, at least, the replacement will be a technical folder, Ricardo Leysen. There are obstacles everywhere. There is discomfort of public spending with the Olympics at the economic weakness of the country. Do not dismiss manifestations such as 2013 e 2014 against Copa.

E, However, you can not say that shouts against the Olympics compares to “Imagine in the Cup”, jocular phrase that has gained popularity for opposing the real Brazil to Brazil temporarily beautiful of football matches. There are a score of 7 a 1 against the Olympic rings. Until january, internal research teams of Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Rio Committee 2016 indicated that more than 60% Brazilians were conducive to the realization of the competition. But, like everything in Brazil has changed too fast, should be cautious. To avoid troublesome, simplicity turned mantra. The German Thomas Bach, presidente by COI, with the right limousine in Switzerland, Rio just goes and van, recently, squeezed up uncomplainingly in the middle seat of an airliner.

With a magnifying glass you can see good news and hang them up. The federal government has put its signature on virtually all contracts of its jurisdiction, although still lacking basic checks, or as 500 million reais, in May, to finish line 4 subway. Another aspect somewhat reassuring is the fact that the impeachment process of the President have entered on the agenda now, with chance to be voted and closed before the Olympics. The unlikely scenario of new elections, besides taking the spotlight of competition, You could have the potential candidate Paes making it a soapbox, which clashes with the sacred principle of not mixing politics and sports committee. The resourcefulness of “Olympic mayor”, inclusive, may annoy: in the absence of the federal government, it tends to occupy the center stage of them all.

A good example of the risks of having the mayor unreasonably in the limelight occurred last week. To be informed of the recording, Federal Police, dialogue in which the mayor criticizes “poor head” Lula, among other nonsense, IOC members at the time labeled: it was one “caipirinha joke”. Translation of expression, commonly used by the Lausanne leaders, after long periods in Brazil: not funny joke. In August, Bach took a caipirinha dinner with the mayor in Rio; the next morning, on a schedule that unofficially included Bach, Paes played and justified the absence of German by the effects of drink. Soon: was born the entry. But there is no more space for slips, and what was seen with smiles now only brings concern.

Even if all was well in Rousseff's Brazil, there would be tension, outcome of the race against the clock, in the areas of infrastructure and security. in infrastructure, the main problem is to purchase (repeatedly postponed) power generators for arenas, task shared with the state government (in bad financial situation).

There are still bidding for the purchase of furniture and sports equipment. security, training for police to serve in the National Force to act in the Olympics is stuck: only 6 000 of 9 600 professional squad for the tournament are eligible for the painstaking work. For lack of funds, the occupation by Pacifying Police Units (UPP) the Complexo da Maré, set of sixteen slums in Rio and entrance, has been delayed.

To one of the three helicopters of the Civil Police, the best equipped fleet, He stopped flying for lack of maintenance. Only next month will be auctioned technological structure of sports arenas. The expectation is that the disputes are resolved in time, but, until then, there collection. And woe.

The federal government, in turn, traffics in a thin line when it comes to Olympics. Dilma would like to join the likely popularity of the Games, one of the only positive agendas that left him, but fears that this connection bring forth an angry reaction to the billions spent. The subject, according to a recent national survey commissioned by the Department of Communications in Brasilia, You can even mobilize the population, for those priorities should be investment in areas such as health and education. The Plateau was intended to organize a campaign for ministers to make presence in Olympic events, but circumstances have been trying to thwart it. In the last days, three ministers – Edinho Silva (Social Communication), Marcelo Castro (Health) and Henrique Alves (tourism) – desmarcaram Olympic agendas in Rio because they had more pressing matters in Brasilia. The game is not easy for anyone.


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