Check out some sports to try while in Rio

While in Rio, take some time to visit different attractions in Brazil and practice some sports. The Rio 2016 official website has publishes a few tips for those who are searching for adventure in Rio’s beaches, lakes and mountains.

The Cariocas (as Rio residents are called), tourists and even visiting athletes can have a great time with alternative sports in the city, most of them even free.

Check out rio2016.com’s rundown of five of the best non-Olympic sports to enjoy in Rio de Janeiro.

Beach tennis
Slackline
Footvolley
Stand-up paddle
Trail running

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IOC makes a decision about Russia in the Olympics

This Sunday (24), the president of the International Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman, spoke about the decision against a blanket ban of Russian athletes.

“We have always supported clean Games and zero tolerance for doping. This is the decision of the IOC and the international federations and we will follow it,” Nuzman said, speaking at the opening of the Olympic Village in Rio.

According to Nuzman, the Russian athletes will not be banned, however, in order to compete they must prove their sport’s international federation that they are clean from doping.

The IOC’s decision on Sunday follows the release on 18 July of an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) into doping in Russian sports.

International Olympic Committee has ruled that Russian athletes will only be able to compete if they can prove to international federations they are clean from doping.

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Updates on Zika Virus

Brazil’s Health Minister, Ricardo Barros, has given the latest updates on Zika Virus. He met with over sixty ambassadors and country representatives on Tuesday (July 12th) to give them an update on the government’s efforts to combat the Zika-infected mosquito.

According to health officials the decline of the Zika infection rate has been so significant since May that U.S. computer models show that by the start of the Olympics Zika incidences will have dropped to almost zero.

The Olympics Committee expects more than 17,000 athletes and half a million visitors to attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Games will he held from August 5th to 21th.

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Olympic atmosphere is in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro has been receiving many tourists for the Olympic Games. The hotels are busy and the touristic attractions have been filled for the week days and weekends.

The “gringo” invasion is probably the most significant in one season in Rio de Janeiro, according to the president of the Brazilian Hotels Association – ABIH, Alfredo Lopes. Next weekend, the number of athletes and tourists is expected to be even bigger.

According to a report from ABIH, so far the reservations for hotels have reached 98%, mostly booked for foreigners. “Thanks to the effort of the participants, the IOC, the touristic trade and Embratur, we already have the attention of the world”, says Gilson Lira, substitute for the president of Embratur.

The institute is supporting different campaigns, such as #somostodosRio2016, that aims to get the attention of foreigners.

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One Day City Tour in Rio

If you are visiting Rio you cannot miss the chance to see the most important attractions in the city.

For approximately 9 hours, this city tour will take you to different tourist places, such as the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer.

The price of the tour, by the agency rdj4u, is 129 dollars. It includes: transfer from/to your hotel in Rio’s South Zone; professional guide in English, Portuguese and Spanish; cable car ticket; Ticket for Cosme Velho Train and lunch.

The tour works from Monday to Sunday and the departure time is at 9am.

Click here and check out more info.

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Important athletes pass on Olympics

The main reason for important athletes to withdraw from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is the spread of the Zika Virus. The last one to announce his decision was the number 1 golfer Jason Day, from Australia.

He joins a list of 5 golfers that will not attend the competition: Roy McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Marc Leishman and Graeme McDowell.

Cycling veteran Tejay van Garderen also gave up due to the Zika Virus.

The USA basketball team also had a few losses. LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and John Wall have announced they will not participate.

The Zika virus is most dangerous to pregnant women, but can be transmitted through sexual contact.

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Enjoy a typical Brazilian Festa Junina in Rio

The biggest Festa Junina in Rio de Janeiro, the São João da Feira is a great event to atend from June to August.

At Feira de São Cristovão, in the São Cristovão neighborhood, this party shows the tourists some traditions such as the Festival da Quadrilha (Square Dance Festival), Festival de Brincadeiras (Festival of Games) and typical music from northeastern Brazil like forró, xote and baião.

The Feira opens Tuesday to Thursday, from 10AM to 6PM. Weekends from 10AM to 9PM. The tickets are free from Tuesday to Thursday. From Friday to Sunday depends on performances, but usually costs R$10.

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Rio declares State of Calamity before the Olympics

Francisco Dornelles, Rio de Janeiro’s acting governor, declared on June, 17th, ‘State Of Calamity’. This means that the city has a financial emergency, less than 45 days to the Olympic Games.

However, according to Rio’s Mayor, Eduardo Paes, this will not affect the Games at all. “It only affects the rendering of services”, said the mayor during the opening of the Via Expressa Tunnel.

The federal government will help Rio and support financially the city during the Olympics and Paralympics.

With the Olympics and the obligations of the state of Rio de Janeiro, officials estimate the deficit for 2016 will be close to R$19 billion. “If it was a company, the first thing to do would be to request financial recovery (similar to the U.S.’s Chapter 11),” said finance secretary Julio Bueno.

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