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>> As the fireworks lit up the majestic Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro starts the painful process of moving on from the glory of hosting the Olympic Games to the challenge of maintaining its legacy. I'm Dwark Kahi Reporting for Reuters from the so called marvelous city. Where while everyone is watching the closing of the 26th seen Olympic games.
Whether at a stadium from afar or on the TV, not everyone is on the same page. Saturday night was by far the happiest night of this somewhat problematic Olympics. Brazil's football team had their revenge against the Germans after a humiliating 7-1 defeat in the last World Cup here in Rio.
Captain Neymar scoring the winning penalty in an excruciating fight for shootout, which gave the Brazilians their first Olympic gold in football, their sport of choice. That was really the only time you could see a sort of unity in the streets, Rio really coming together with a true Olympic spirit.
Before that the games had been tainted by street protests with police and public workers getting there salaries unfrozen just for the duration of the Olympics. A complicated political crisis which saw one former president charged and another facing impeachment. This on top of a deep economic crisis, a resurgence in violence in Rio supposedly pacified slums and this both cause in consequence and increase in police violence and killings.
These were also the Olympics of troubled polluted waters, sick athletes, bad organization and thousands of people evicted from their homes to make way for $12 billion worth of Olympic venues. From what I've gathered from the streets, the upper middle class enjoyed the show more than anyone. They got the most secure streets they had in a really long time and they're not exactly the ones who are going to the Ferfelos.
It is the poor and underprivileged who still look at the Maracana and it's fireworks from afar, feeling these just weren't their games.