Will Rio live up to its name the ‘Marvellous City’ at 2016 Olympics?

Rio de Janeiro staged seven 2014 World Cup matches including the final, but the spotlight will shine even more brightly on the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2016.

Pressure on organisers intensified earlier this year after International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates branded Rio’s preparations the “worst ever”.

While the city of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer certainly promises a spectacular setting, it also has a reputation for traffic jams and violent crime.

So, did football’s showpiece event leave a legacy for the first Olympics in South America and what challenges remain?

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