Brazil’s poverty stricken favela dwellers have been looking forward to the Rio Olympics as a time to achieve gold.
88,000Numbers of civil and military police, double the number of such authorities that served in London during the 2012 Games, protecting the more than 100,000 Americans that are expected to attend the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this month.
“I think this is too expensive of a trip for people not to pay attention,” Muraja said. “Time is more valuable with all that’s going on and most people are already spending a fortune to be here.”
GETTING THEIR SHARE
Simoes agreed with Muraja’s assessment of the Olympics’ value for event-goers, but hopes the larger crowds will bring more prosperity his way, too.
“It’s exciting and it’s good for us,” Silva said. “That’s all that matters to me.”