Many world leaders unsure about attending Rio opening ceremony | Toronto Star

A Brazilian Air Force plane flies during an exercise ahead the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

A Brazilian Air Force plane flies during an exercise ahead the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

A Brazilian news website puts the number of foreign leaders to attend at 45 and lists UN Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon as a confirmed guest.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Many top foreign leaders have been slow to commit to attending the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics amid Brazil’s political turmoil and a stream of bad news engulfing South America’s first games.

Top politicians who do show up could face a diplomatic quandary when the games open in three weeks.

President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended and faces an impeachment trial, which could conclude days after the Olympics end. She has said she hopes to attend, meaning she would join interim president Michel Temer as the main face of the host nation.

“If you are a top world leader, whose hand would you shake in the middle of such uncertainty?” Maristella Basso, a professor of international law at the University of São Paulo, told The Associated Press. “It is a bizarre situation. The best that foreign leaders can do is to send a letter and stay home to avoid any embarrassment. It won’t be a party occasion for Brazil anyway, look at the mess.”

An early prediction that 100 heads of state or government could be on hand at the Aug. 5 ceremony has not been repeated for weeks. The Brazilian foreign ministry declined to offer numbers, and said a list would be published just the before the games open. Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said he did not know how many leaders would attend.

The Brazilian news website UOL puts the number at 45 and lists United Nations Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon as a confirmed guest.

France is an exception. France’s embassy in Brasilia told AP that President François Hollande will attend the opening ceremony. Paris is a candidate to host the 2024 games.

Italy’s embassy also confirmed that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi would attend. Rome is another 2024 candidate.

The United States embassy did not say if President Barack Obama would attend. Brazilian media has reported that Secretary of State John Kerry is the American official most likely to be at Maracana Stadium. First Lady Michelle Obama represented the U.S. at London’s opening ceremony in 2012.

China, one of Brazil’s main trade partners, did not reply to AP’s request for information. Brazilian media say China will send Vice Premier Liu Yandong, who is in charge of education and sports. She ranks far below President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

Beijing is host to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Even Argentina, Brazil’s main partner in the region, has yet to confirm the presence of President Mauricio Macri, although its embassy in Brasilia says he is expected to come.

Japan has also not confirmed its delegation. However, Japan would seem likely to send a top-ranking representative with Tokyo the next host of the Summer Games.

Britain, which held the last Summer Olympics, has just changed its prime minister and its representative is in doubt.

Russia is another question mark. Many Russian athletes have been caught up in a giant doping scandal. A report due on Monday may confirm allegations of state-backed doping by Russia. Already, the Russian track and field team has been banned from the games, pending an appeal.

Even many left-leaning Latin American governments that supported Brazil as South America’s first Olympic host have yet to confirm.

Source: Many world leaders unsure about attending Rio opening ceremony | Toronto Star

149 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. 3n9ct5mwn9cwntctvbyb3vebce
  2. 298cn54mr25cnt5nctrw
  3. Brazzers Stepmom
  4. online casino games
  5. farming simulator 19 mods
  6. http://thepugilist.info/
  7. bad credit loan guaranteed approval
  8. https://www.paydayadvance.us.org/
  9. free mp3 download
  10. farming simulator 19 mods
  11. http://www.carinsurancequote.us.org/
  12. Marcel Stahr
  13. bietthuvincityquan9hcm
  14. Come to meet new people and make new friends
  15. https://www.cashloans.us.org/
  16. Haroon ur Rasheed columns
  17. http://www.credits.us.org/
  18. ivf specialist doctor in delhi
  19. cycling
  20. Manifestation Magic
  21. http://homeinsurancequotes.us.org
  22. poker online
  23. poker online
  24. Demeter Fertility
  25. Layarkaca21
  26. Papa Murphys Coupons
  27. 123Movies
  28. https://allthingscrypto.tech/blockchains-once-feared-51-attack-is-now-becoming-regular/
  29. http://test2.wpbloging.com/news/227273
  30. 15 Minute Manifestation Reviews
  31. SERVICIO
  32. Power Efficiency Guide
  33. Mens Jordan Shoes Cheap
  34. jasa view youtube
  35. tobacco online australia
  36. Nonton Film Online
  37. animal control solutions
  38. https://casinoclb.de/book-of-moorhuhn/
  39. wildlife removal
  40. Security guard services new york
  41. 123Movies
  42. target heart rate calculator
  43. Wedoitforthenextgirl.wordpress.com
  44. Acompanhantes Caxias do Sul
  45. dijital ajans
  46. sosyal medya yönetimi"
  47. positivewordsresearch
  48. Roxanne Hurlock
  49. How to make money with CPA Autopilot
  50. 123Movies
  51. MAKE MONEY BLOGGING
  52. Ben Marks
  53. air jordan retro
  54. Cheap Escort London
  55. terbiasa bahagia mp3
  56. Official Video
  57. web development new york
  58. Cheap Escort London
  59. Jasa Youtube
  60. busy lubelskie szwajcaria
  61. Gavin
  62. mobile porn
  63. sex tube
  64. https://foxtailmarketing.com/ico-marketing-agency/
  65. reddish wolf like monster
  66. Latest Urdu Columns
  67. Fred Block
  68. dragkrok
  69. pornhub
  70. lucky patcher
  71. plumbing jobs
  72. tempobet mobil
  73. khadubds
  74. opening hours
  75. music poster maker
  76. buy houses in lekki
  77. https://newyearposter4.page.tl/
  78. Parallel Profits
  79. penis
  80. Parallel Profits
  81. jual subscriber
  82. more Hoverwatch Reviews
  83. viagra
  84. smm panel
  85. over door valet
  86. Ben Marks
  87. over the door hanger
  88. Frances Barrett
  89. Roxanne Hurlock
  90. Backlink Bokep
  91. Flower Canvas Wall Art Sale
  92. lotto
  93. jasa like instagram
  94. agen bola
  95. property malta
  96. kratom nera me
  97. sbobet casino
  98. lagu pop
  99. ھیتر صنعتی
  100. birthday poster ideas
  101. http://birthdaythemesforadults.bravesites.com/
  102. how to do credit repair
  103. jasa view youtube
  104. Virginia Johnston
  105. do you agree
  106. play oldschool runescape classic
  107. ATTACHMENTS
  108. digitad
  109. nationale vacaturebank
  110. Layarkaca 21
  111. posture corrector for boys
  112. www.golfasyouwish.blogspot.com
  113. review
  114. 8 May 2014
  115. mobile app review
  116. hospitality jobs
  117. All Blacks Store
  118. Warts removed at home
  119. Tradestation Indicators
  120. persoonlijke begeleiding waalwijk
  121. Crazy story how someone found out their computer is part of a bot
  122. hotmail sign in
  123. hotmail es
  124. игровые новости
  125. investigate this site
  126. xero partner
  127. walmartone login
  128. Import requirements for Importation of Dogs and Cats into Sri Lanka
  129. Moving a pet
  130. 3 Panel Canvas Art
  131. 123Movies
  132. send bulk email
  133. cpi certification online
  134. Christian T-Shirts Sale
  135. matilde menendez procesada
  136. cheap football shirts
  137. Kashmir Tour Package
  138. Manifestation Magic
  139. mediation
  140. debt relief
  141. carcinoma
  142. نقل اثاث الشارقة
  143. 먹튀제보
  144. roblox account generator
  145. jelqing before and after pics
  146. ایمپلنت
  147. email marketing vs social media
  148. Immigration Law Firm
  149. luxury case for iphone x boldy going

Comments are closed.