Brazil’s Rivaldo warns tourists’ lives ‘at risk’ in Rio

Tuesday May 10th, 2016

Brazil World Cup winner Rivaldo is advising tourists to stay out of Rio de Janeiro for this summer’s Olympic games.

“Things are getting uglier here every day,” Rivaldo wrote in an Instagram post over the weekend. “I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio—to stay home. You’ll be putting your life at risk here. This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil.”

Rivaldo wrote the post in the aftermath of a shootout that left a 17–year–old girl dead. 

MORE: 100 things to watch at Rio Olympics

Several athletes and teams have elected not to stay in the Olympic village, including the United States’ men’s and women’s basketball teams and tennis players Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.


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