Lack of transportation infrastructure

Brazil’s biggest city hit by record traffic jam

Biggest traffic jam


Search: Reuters US: Brazil protests olympic
Period: until 23/09
Source: Reuters US edition
Date: 23/05
Date of access: 23/09


Commuters sat in lines for more than three hours, protests broke out at a train station, and angry voters promised revenge as Brazil’s biggest city entangled itself in a record traffic jam on Wednesday (23/05) morning, highlighting how the country’s infrastructure has failed to keep pace with economic growth. It also renewed concerns over a possible breakdown on roads, airports, and communications systems when Brazil hosts the soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.


Questions over Brazil sporting mega-events

Analysis – Soccer – Brazil riots raise questions over sporting mega-events

Analysis on Brazil sporting mega-events


Search: Reuters US: Brazil protests olympic
Period: until 19/09
Source: Reuters US edition
Date: 25/06
Date of access: 19/09

Analyses the grievances of brazilian protesters, such as the contrast between shiny new stadiums and shambolic state of public services including health, education and transport. They are also angry that Brazil has broken a promise not to spend public money on stadiums, building work fell behind schedule and the state and federal governments had to come to the rescue.

With the global economic downturn of recent years, it made possible to realize that sporting mega-events have spiralled out of control. For instance, Switzerland backed down from bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics after residents of the proposed host cantons voted against it in a referendum, and UEFA made a radical move after it received only three bids to host the 24-team European championship in 2020, instead deciding to stage the contest in 13 cities around the continent, each hosting three or four games.

FIFA and the World Cup has become embroiled in a geo-political debate.