The Rio 2016 Olympic Games got under way on Wednesday with a women’s football match played in front of a scanty crowd at the Olympic.
Sweden won 1-0 against South Africa in the opening game, before host nation Brazil’s match against China.
Lots of empty seats could be seen in the 60,000 capacity stadium at kick-off.
Although more fans later arrived for Brazil’s game.
The football tournament started two days before Friday’s opening ceremony because of a tight schedule.
Sweden, who are ranked sixth in the world, earned a narrow win when Nilla Fischer bundled in a second-half goal after a goalkeeping mistake.
The United States are widely touted to be the favourites to win the female soccer competition.
This category has no age limits. The US claimed gold in the London Olympics in 2012 and also won last year’s World Cup.
2016 Olympic Games Kick Off With Scanty Crowds
The men’s competition, which is contested by Under-23 teams, begins on Thursday.
The most publicized risk of this year’s Olympics holding in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, is Zika.
The mosquito- and sexually-transmitted virus, which is believed to cause birth defects in the children of infected pregnant women.
The international concern over the epidemic prompted 150 health professionals to lobby for the Games to be moved or postponed.
This, however, did not sway the organizers and the IOC as they still proceeded with the games.
With the Olympic Games now underway, conditions and attitudes haven’t changed about health and security concerns.
These have affected both for Olympians as well as Brazilians. Citizens have been angered over misappropriated funds for the Games.
There are growing worries that this may be remembered as among the worst Summer Olympics in history., which follows the negative media coverage that surrounded the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
This follows the negative media coverage that surrounded the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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