Skift Take

It seems a bit extreme to try to scare everyone away, but this year's Olympic games so far are becoming the worst-case-scenario that 2014's World Cup was able to avoid.

Former Brazil soccer great Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because “you’ll be putting your life at risk.”

Rivaldo posted the warning on his Instagram account and alluded to the case of a 17-year-old woman killed on Saturday in a shootout.

Rio de Janeiro’s state security secretary acknowledges that cuts of $550 million to his budget pose a risk to the Olympics when they open in three months.

Rivaldo added: “This without speaking about the state of public hospitals and the Brazilian political mess.”

Violence is endemic in Rio, which hosts the Olympics in August.

In a recent statement, Amnesty International said at least 11 people had been killed in police shootings in Rio’s impoverished favelas in April. It said at least 307 people were killed by police last year, accounting for 20 percent of the homicides in the city.

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Tags: brazil, events, olympics, rio de janiero, safety, tourism

Photo credit: The Museum of Tomorrow is lit by the setting sun in the renovated Praca Maua, in the port area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Felipe Dana / Associated Press