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The Race For Russia

Joseph James takes a look at the state of play in the South American Qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup: the teams, their stars and their chances of getting to the World Cup in Russia 2018. With the end of the international break, the race for automatic qualification in South America is hotting up. This summer […]

Bowling and Batting for Bristol: The 2016 South American Cricket Championships

Bristol student and ‘Colombian’ cricketer Guy Leslie reports live from Rio de Janeiro at the South American Cricket Championships Sports Editor – Scott Gordon Last month Rio de Janeiro played host to perhaps the finest sporting tournament that Brazil has staged in recent years. Move aside the Olympic Games and the World Cup, it was time […]

The Trail of Despair left by the Rio 2016 Olympics

Bristolatino art editor Helen Brown considers the social repercussions of the Olympics on Rio. Hosting the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro motivated Brazil to create an idealistic version of the ‘marvelous city’ for the benefit of its international visitors, whilst ignoring the needs and desires of its citizens. In order to make the Olympics come to […]

From Bristol To Brazil: Rio 2016 Volunteer Profiles – Part II

Meet the second half of the Bristol Uni student volunteers of this year’s Olympic Games. BristoLatino travel editor Imogen King and events manager Lulu Price speak to their fellow voluntários about their experiences. The 2016 Rio Olympics saw 50,000 volunteers from Brazil and the rest of the world descend on the city in order to help the Games run smoothly, and experience […]

‘Security is an endless battle’ says Secretary of Security, Rio de Janeiro

As homicide rates are on the rise, Features Editor Grace Brown looks at Rio de Janeiro’s deteriorating security crisis. On Monday 10th October, a shootout between gang members and Rio’s Pacific Police Unit (UPP) spilled onto the streets of Ipanema and Copacabana neighbourhoods. Just a month before, they had been filled with tourists in town for […]

The Games May be Over but its Consequences Are Not

Latin America in Bristol editor, Zara Huband, looks at the experience of this summer’s games in Rio when social tensions and health scares vied with the Games for global attention. Benefits for the public It remains a very open question whether or not the Olympics have brought any lasting or economic benefit to many of the countries that […]

Media Coverage Through Culture-Tinted Glasses

BristoLatino editor-in-chief Sophie Foggin shares her thoughts on how the media coverage of Rio 2016 could have influenced viewers’ thoughts on Brazil. “Mass media always views large-scale events with an element of national prejudice”, commented Brazilian author and journalist Juliana Barbasa, at the ‘What can we learn from Rio 2016?’ conference on Tuesday 18th October. […]

Accessibility in the Olympic city of Rio

Originally written for Rio newspaper O Globo, Sophie Foggin investigates accessibility in Rio de Janeiro for wheelchair-users and those with disabilities, as the 2016 Olympics approach. She interviews English wheelchair-user, Emily Yates and Paralympic rower, Tom Aggar. The Centre of Rio de Janeiro, often described as the heart of the city, is a far cry from the beautiful […]

Love and loathing in Buenos Aires 

Football raises heart rates worldwide, though Argentina’s fans arguably rank among the most riotous. Sports editor Will Sansom experienced it first-hand. Whenever Boca Juniors play River Plate the streets are empty. There is little traffic and shops remain closed for the afternoon. Football fans huddle together indoors to watch the two biggest teams in Argentina compete […]