Brazil is the host of the 31st Olympiad, due to open on 5 August in Rio de Janeiro. Its preparations for the event have been unusually fraught. The country, which has a population of more than 200 million, was awarded the games in 2009 when it was enjoying a period of strong economic growth. It has since been hit by the double-whammy of a severe recession and a political leadership crisis. President Dilma Rousseff was stripped of her powers in May and faces impeachment after...
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