Security measures at the Rio 2016 Olympic games are in place ahead of Friday evening’s opening ceremony.
88,000 police and troops have been deployed in Brazil to protect locals and as many as half a million tourists.
With many banking on the evening’s event to soothe some of the angst over Brazil’s political and economic turmoil, no chances are being taken with security.
Amid the ongoing recession, Rio has endured an increase in crime.
According to United Nations reports, Brazil sees more homicides than any other nation.
After the Olympic torch arrived at Rio de Janeiro’s most iconic land mark, the Christ the Redeemer statue, news came that footballing legend Pele will be unable to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony due to bad health.
The mayor of Rio and the city’s archbishop stood with torch bearer Isabel Barroso Salgado, the former Brazilian volley ball player and Olympic medallist, at the city’s iconic landmark before the official ceremony later on Friday.