Hosting the World Cup In Brazil: Right or Wrong Move?
With the World Cup less than a year away, it hasn’t exactly been an inspiring time for Brazil. When I decided to blog on Brazil, considering what has been going on there during the last month or two, I had considered blogging that Fifa should pull out of Brazil altogether and change hosts. Surely understandable as to why I would originally think this way. First we have seen protesters and innocent civilians being shot in the face with rubber bullets at the hands of the Brazilian police, and secondly, today we have heard that a referee was tied up, stoned and quartered by an outraged group of supporters, and then had his head on a stake in the middle of the pitch.
It only raises concerns as to how those travelling into Brazil next year for the games might be treated if there should be trouble. Despite these concerns, the Brazilian people know that the world is watching, and they know the world is paying even more attention now than ever before. If there was ever a time to expose corrupt politicians, police forces for malpractice and governments for unfair distribution of rights and materials, then now is the time.
Despite the recent negativity coming out of Brazil, it is refreshing to see young Brazilian students coming out and attempting to make their voices heard. It is refreshing to see every day Brazilian people protesting together for fairness. Democracies are not just installed overnight and then working fine the next day. Democracies take time, but this is good as it enables the people to question the type of society they want to live in.
The Brazilian government’s imprudence has now been highlighted. The world can now see what is going on. It’s time Brazilian politicians acknowledged the Brazilian people and their concerns. When $30billion is being spent on the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics and yet people are still living in poverty while many others are not even able to afford to go to the games, then it just goes to show the government was foolish to bite off more than they could chew.
Governments must not solely move with an agenda of economic development without the social aspect. People must feel part of the development, otherwise the developments just result in breeding grounds for vandalism. The world has been moved by recent events, and now we all await to see Brazil’s next move. Was Brazil hosting the World Cup a step in the right direction? Yes, but the people must be supported better by their government and their government needs to be better supported from all other entering countries and most importantly supported and equipped better by Fifa.