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Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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. […]

Murky waters threaten superhero Olympians

Sports editor Will Sansom on the contaminated waters of Guanabara Bay and what they say about Brazil’s readiness to host the 2016 Olympics. What happens after you fall into a vat of toxic waste? Comic books tell us there is the possibility of developing otherworldly powers. You might be able to leap over tall buildings and run faster […]

Will rugby ever take off in Latin America?

Bristolatino’s Sports editor Freddy Hare looks at why rugby in Latin America is growing in popularity – albeit slowly – and how the Olympics in Brazil could work in the sport’s favour. Back in 2009, at an International Olympic Committee session in Copenhagen, it was decided that both men and women’s rugby would feature at the […]

Rio’s untapped millions

As Brazil’s cultural capital nears its moment in the spotlight, Bristolatino’s ‘Latin America in Bristol’ editor Tom Webb looks at how the ‘pacification’ of the city’s favelas is beginning to transform Rio’s socioeconomic dynamic. There are over 100 favelas in Rio de Janeiro, in which around one third of the city’s population lives: 6 million people. The […]