Rio 2016: The strike of police officers and fears about Zika virus
Police strike in Rio de Janeiro and lift banners at Galeao International Airport. Photo: airstrike/IMGUR
29.06.2016By Play the Game
According to CNN Money, Brazil's economy shrank 3.8% last year and the country is already in its worst recession in 25 years. Associated Press reported that Rio’s acting governor, Francisco Dornelles, has announced a state of financial disaster this month. Thus, Rio state had to cut its budget, including that of the police.
Francisco Dornelles has provided comments on the police strike to Rio’s O Globo newspaper: “How are people going to feel protected in a city without security. We can have a great Olympics, but if some steps aren't taken, it can be a big failure."
Besides, according to the BBC, two athletes, golf’s world number one Jason Day and Irish golfer Shane Lowry, announced yesterday that they have withdrawn from the Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus. Earlier, a number of other top athletes, including Australian Marc Leishman, Fiji's Vijay Singh, South Africa's Branden Grace and Northern Ireland pair McIlory and Graeme McDowell, have already pulled out from the Games because of concerns over zika.