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Rio's Triumphant Olympics

The flag bearers from 207 delegations arrive during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. Photo: Felix Kaestle/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Brazil's flag bearers at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Despite all warnings to the contrary, Brazil has demonstrated that it could successfully pull off the Olympic Games.

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    • Brazil spent less on the Rio Olympics than was spent in London or Beijing.
    • The Games could help boost flagging self-confidence in Brazilian society.
    • The country is in the midst of multiple crises, including the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.
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No matter how you spin it, the Olympic Games in Rio were a success in every respect.

They were an athletic success because of the many record performances and exciting high points, all achieved against a superb backdrop. And they were also an organizational success, despite getting off to an uneven start. But what mega sporting events run smoothly from the very beginning?

Athletes and visitors were safe, even though it meant that the authorities had to transform their city into a military high-security zone. But we are experiencing the same thing at mass events in Europe at the moment. The Zika virus wasn’t a problem, although this was probably due to the cool winter weather and not the precautions taken by the Brazilian government.

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