Brazil vows to ramp up Olympic security after Nice attack

Brazil vows to ramp up Olympic security after Nice attack

Rio de Janeiro, July 16 (IANS) Brazil has vowed to raise security to “another level” at next month’s Rio Olympics amid growing fears the Games could be a terrorist target.

The announcement came less than a day after 84 people were killed, including scores of children, when a truck ploughed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice on Friday, reports Xinhua.

Interim president Michel Temer flew back to Brasilia from Sao Paulo to hold an emergency meeting with his cabinet on Friday morning.

Institutional security minister Sergio Etchegoyen said the government agreed that security needed to be beefed up for the August 5 to 21 mega event.

“We are reviewing our entire security plan so that we can identify any gaps and achieve more intensive integration,” Etchegoyen told reporters.

“Maybe it will be necessary to sacrifice comfort for safety, increasing revisions, barriers and road closures during the Games period. The security of the Games have gone up a level.”

A top-level Brazilian intelligence official was also sent to Nice to investigate the “modus operandi” of Thursday’s attacker, according to the government.

And Brazil’s intelligence agency Abin also held a meeting with its French counterparts on Friday to obtain more details about the attack.

South America’s largest country plans to deploy 85,000 soldiers and police during the Olympics, about double the number used at the London 2012 Games.

The government has also launched an awareness campaign designed to foil possible terror plots.

The initiative involves the distribution of brochures, posters and booklets explaining how to identify people engaging in suspicious activity.

In June, the government said Brazil’s intelligence agencies were working alongside counterparts in the United States, England, France, Israel and Russia to avert the threat of terrorism.

Germany names Bender twins in Rio football squad

Rio de Janeiro, July 16 (IANS) Twins Lars and Sven Bender have been named in Germany’s final 18-man squad for next month’s Olympic Games here.

The 27-year-olds and Freiburg attacker Nils Petersen will be Germany’s three players over the age of 23 in the quadrennial extravaganza, reports Xinhua.

Sven, a defensive midfielder for Borussia Dortmund, has been capped seven times for Germany while Lars, also a midfielder, has made 19 international appearances.

Borussia Dortmund central defender Matthias Ginter is the only player who was part of Germany’s squad that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Germany have been drawn in Group C of the Rio 2016 tournament alongside Fiji, Republic of Korea and Mexico.

They will open their campaign against Mexico in Salvador on August 4.

Germany squad:

Goalkeepers: Timo Horn (Cologen), Jannik Huth (Mainz)

Defenders: Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim), Jeremy Toljan (Hoffenheim), Robert Bauer (Ingolstadt), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Philipp Max (Augsburg)

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Max Christiansen (Ingolstadt), Serge Gnabry (Arsenal), Max Meyer (Schalke), Leon Goretzka (Schalke)

Forwards: Nils Petersen (Freiburg), Davie Selke (RB Leipzig), Grischa Promel (Karlsruher).

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