Tourists panic, as Rio tightens Security for Olympic Games


Touring visitors billed to travel to Rio, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, are worried as the
Games organisers in Brazil, stepped up security measures ahead of the opening ceremony.
As the Olympics draw closer and more national delegations and tourists disembark in the city of over seven million people, security has become tighter and more strict in and around the Olympic Village and the various sporting venues.
More than 10,000 athletes from 206 national Olympic committees will be in town to compete in 306 events across 28 different sports from August 6 to 21, while some half a million tourists, including some heads of state, are expected to watch the various sports.
Brazil’s Special Forces are regularly patroling the Athletes Village and its surroundings while police visibility in and around around the city is strong.
Colonel Jeff Tamayo, Philippine Olympic Committee second vice president and security officer for the Philippine delegation, issued his own “assessment” just days before the Summer Games unfold.
“Aside from the threat of the Zika virus, the one that has raised the biggest concern is the threat on security,” said the former Philippine Air Force officer. “The arrest of 10 Islamic State affiliates a week ago underscores the seriousness of the situation. Having said that, the Athletes Village here is like a castle; it is well protected.”