Lise Alves – The Rio Times, 07/01/2016
Concerned with the recent terrorist bombing at the Istanbul airport in Turkey, Brazilian officials are stepping up their security for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, scheduled for August and September. Officials have announced several security measures including Marine personnel at Copacabana Beach and extra security at airports.
“Despite all the effort and preparation, events like those [the bombing at Istanbul airport] generate alerts. The ministry is taking a special look at these areas. The forces are already prepared. We already have measures that will be adopted but can not be disclosed for security reasons. We’re monitoring and prepared to prevent and act,” announced the Minister of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation, Mauricio Quintella, this week after meeting with security officials for the Games.