Crime, transport top Rio Olympic concerns - poll

2016-07-04 06:53
The Rio 2016 sign in front of the Olympic Village. (Silvia Izquierdo, AP)

The Rio 2016 sign in front of the Olympic Village. (Silvia Izquierdo, AP)

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Rio de Janeiro - Most Rio de Janeiro residents think the Olympics next month will be a success, but an overwhelming number worry that violence could ruin the Games, according to a poll on Sunday.

The poll published by O Globo newspaper a month before the opening ceremony on August 5 found that 85% of city residents see violent crime as a threat to the success of the first Olympics held in South America.

The next biggest threat cited, at 39%, was inadequate transport.

Health fears such as the mosquito-carried Zika virus came at the bottom of the list, with only 17% thinking this poses a serious threat to the Games.

International health organisations, Brazil and numerous foreign governments warn that Zika, which is believed to have the potential for causing birth defects if pregnant women are infected, should be taken seriously during the Olympics.

Some athletes, notably golf players, have cancelled participation in the Olympics because of Zika fears.

Despite a rise in crime in Rio over the last few months and a budget crisis afflicting the police and public hospitals, the poll found that 61% of locals still think the Olympics will be a success. However, 27% foresee a failure.

The poll was carried out by Sesc RJ, a non-profit that promotes culture, and by the research group FGV Projetos.

Read more on:    olympics 2016  |  brazil  |  zika virus

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