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Tourists upbeat about Rio Games despite rash of concerns

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 01:49

Tourists are optimistic about the upcoming Rio Olympics, despite political turmoil, security worries, and the Zika virus. This year also boasts the first-ever refugee team. Gavino Garay reports.

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The climate of uncertainty surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, now just days away, isn't stopping tourists here from having a good time. Amid the country's recent political turmoil and economic downturn, and concerns the mosquito-borne Zika virus, tourists arriving from as far away as Taiwan say the key is to come prepared. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TOURIST FROM TAIWAN, XIAO ZIROU, SAYING: "I bought three bottles of mosquito repellent and I use it every day... I think it should be fine as long as you are very careful. " Vmiroslav Kavedzhiev from Bulgaria is equally optimistic. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM BULGARIA, VMIROSLAV KAVEDZHIEV, SAYING: "Everybody seems enthusiastic, they are greeting you welcome to Rio and stuff. So I think they've done the best they could do and I think it's going to be a nice Olympics." And there's more reason to be upbeat, despite the busy news year, which has been marred by violence and tragedy. The Rio Olympics will also boast the first-ever refugee delegation of athletes. Among them, migrants who risked drowning while making their way to Europe. Refugee marathon runner, Yonas Kinde, who is Ethiopian-born but trains in Luxembourg, has proudly taken the baton. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REFUGEE OLYMPIC TEAM MARATHON RUNNER, YONAS KINDE, SAYING: "We have to show the respect of the refugees and we have to encourage millions of refugees in the world." With their inclusion, and more uncertainty about which Russian athletes can compete following a doping scandal, it makes these Summer Games... more memorable than most.

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Tourists upbeat about Rio Games despite rash of concerns

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 01:49