Sporting Mega-Events: What the Protesting Brazilians Learnt from their BRICS Compatriots

Brilliant piece by one of my favorite sports journos – Sharda Ugra. She points how these mega-sporting events are turning out to be disasters:

The legendary Pele got an earful from the hundreds of thousands of protestors on the streets of Brazil who refused to heed his appeal to “forget” the protests and support the national football team.  Unthinkable as it is, does it indicate that popular protests have finally overcome their inability to challenge the sporting mega-event, that the modern day “circus” is now seen for what it is: a scam of massive proportions? 

She points how LA Olympics in 1984 was the last of such event which was profitable. Rest have been curses on the respective economies with Brazil likely to add to the cursed list.


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