Rio Olympic Games Kick off Under Heavy Security

Despite cases of robberies and terrorism arrests in the weeks prior to the opening ceremony on Friday, U.S officials states that they are confident that the Brazilian security forces can fully protect the activity off the Olympic Games USA Today reports.

According to the medium, it stated that American law enforcement has spent years training Brazilian counterpart, but the U.S security operatives presence in Rio will be minimal throughout the event, as Brazilian security will be more in charge.

Brazil has gathered its local, state and federal law enforcement to deploy 85,000 people to secure the Games, more than double the number used during the London 2012 games. On Friday, Brazil’s O Globo newspaper reported that Brazil has increased that figure to 100,000 as news of violence has swept through Rio.

According to USA Today, it stated that O Globo a local Brazilian newspaper reported that cases of crime has added in Brazil recently.

A New Zealand-born jiu jitsu fighter living in Brazil said he was kidnapped by corrupt police officers demanding money. A man vomited on a Chinese hurdler as part of a hoax to rob the Olympian and a cameraman. The Australian team was robbed of a laptop and Zika-protective team shirts during a fire evacuation at their Olympic housing. On Thursday night, a man whom police described as a Russian diplomat was involved in a scuffle with an alleged robber in the city when a gun went off, killing the assailant; Russian officials have denied the man was part of their diplomatic service.  And a sleeping firefighter was allegedly raped inside the Olympic Park near the velodrome, an indoor cycling arena, according to the Brazilian newspaper O Globo.

“Every Olympic environment involves challenges, but from what we have seen thus far, the Rio Organizing Committee and the people of Brazil are ready to host a great Games,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said via email. “We can’t wait to get started.”

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