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Rio 2016: Challenges and challengers

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>> Seven years waiting, months of bad publicity, a little bit of chaos, and some last minute preparations and Rio de Janeiro may finally be ready for the Olympic Games. The torch arriving at the city's Christ the Redeemer statue, a day after demonstrations at the showpiece Maracana Stadium. Many local people unhappy at the cost of the event.
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Teachers and other public servants going unpaid as money runs short. Police only getting their salaries, thanks to emergency funds from local government. Security challenge in the sprawling beach side city also a big concern, not just because of Rio's reputation for street crime, but also the risk of a terror attack.
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Then there's concern over polluted waters, faulty plumbing at the village, the Zika virus and political instability. Rio 2016 has almost as many challenges as it has competitors. But now the focus can turn to sport. The 11,000 athletes should by now be all prepped and ready to rumble. After Friday's opening ceremony, the first major event set for the Maracana on Saturday.
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50,000 spectators will be at the stadium, while over three billion are expected to watch the games on TV. As Brazil hosts its second major sporting event in two years, the country thumping defeat to Germany in the 2015 World Cup is still fresh in the mind. Rio will be hoping for a sunnier outcome this year.