"Brazilians want to win. If they're not winning, they're not interested", journalist explains empty seats at Olympic Games

The likes of Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin may have brought home medals for Team GB over the weekend, but one Brazil-based journalist says that the rows of empty seats at the stadiums may end up being the defininig image of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Empty seats have been something of a feature at Rio 2016 so far

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The likes of Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin may have brought home medals for Team GB over the weekend, but one Brazil-based journalist says that the rows of empty seats at the stadiums may end up being the defininig image of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

More than two million people were estimated to have attended Olympic events in the first three days when London hosted the Games in 2012, but crowds have so far been sparse in Brazil.  

Matthew Skinner, who lives in the centre of Rio, told Jonny and Ash why the fans have been staying away. 

"The minimum wage here is just over £200 a month, and ticket pricing start at £20-25," he told Jonny Gould.

"There's a huge division of wealth [in Brazil] and that's a problem. For some people those ticket prices are no problem, but they're a small minority."

It's not just prices that are keeping supporters away, he explained. 

"There are problems with transport, with security - so even some of those with tickets have been unable to get in. 

"There's not a big tradition of Olympic sport here. Brazilians want to win – if they're not winning, they're not interested."

Listen to the full interview above

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