Brazil feels pressure of staging the world’s top sporting events

World Cup tourists will flood Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (photo:dpa)
World Cup tourists will flood Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (photo:dpa)

As a football-mad nation, Brazil was ecstatic when it won the bid to stage the next World Cup in 2014. It was equally proud when Rio was awarded the 2016 Olympics. But as the clock ticks toward both events, there is growing anxiety about just how ready the country is, not just to build the sporting venues, but to fulfill the promises it made to get the bid.

THE 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics will be a chance for Brazil to show the world that, as an emerging and successful economy, it can take its place as a major player on the world stage.

But now the euphoria of winning the bids has died down, the big questions on the minds of many Brazilians are - will the co...

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