Brazil Gets Late Start Hiring Security Screeners for Rio Games

Will Connors, Wall Street Journal, 07/17/2016

RIO DE JANEIRO—The contract to hire and train thousands of security screeners for the Olympics in Rio starting Aug. 5 was awarded only two weeks ago to a tiny firm, raising concerns about keeping the Games safe amid global fears of terrorism.

Brazil’s government waited until July 1 to award the contract to recruit and deploy thousands of private security guards needed to monitor X-ray machines and pat down spectators for weapons and other contraband outside Olympic venues, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and confirmed by the federal ministry that awarded the contract.

Meanwhile, the agency that issued the tender said it had to scrap plans to install 315 additional surveillance cameras at nine Olympic facilities after the contracting process failed.

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