Two workers died in November 2013 as the Arena Corinthians World Cup stadium was being built in Sao Paulo, Brazil (photo:dpa)

Big sporting events which could be the making of Brazil

The stakes are high for Brazil as it gears up to stage two of the biggest events in the world’s sporting calendar - the World Cup and the Olympic Games. But there are dangers for Brazil and its president, Dilma Rousseff, if either event is a flop, particularly when the economy is slowing. There is growing anger over the cost of the events while social programmes are seen to be taking a back seat.

<i>Brazil has had to get used to the world watching as it mounts a massive infrastructure programme ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The deaths of several workers in accidents at stadium construction sites have been reported around the globe. People have take...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Brazil will survive these two events. But whether they serve to demonstrate that Brazil deserves to be counted among the world great nations is still an open question
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