When the London Olympics was hosted in 2012, the country witnessed the biggest mobilisation of military and private security forces since World War II. There were more British troops guarding the sporting venues than in Afghanistan. When the Rio Olympics begins in August 2016, the number of security personnel will be double the number that was deployed in London. It is believed there will be 85,000 security personnel across Rio for the gala sporting event.
Brazil has managed to entice several security contractors, including the top contractors from the UK, to bring in hardware to protect venues and competitions during Rio 2016. It is anticipated that the hardware for the Rio Olympics will be bigger and better than what Brazil and the world saw during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
During the World Cup, Brazil used drones, facial recognition goggles and fighter jets to make sure the event went off without a hitch. Also, there were 50 hi-tech bomb disposal robots that were used to keep venues safe.
The Olympics and other sporting events will benefit security contractors, who will be hired and deployed to keep venues and fan zones safe. These measures come after terrorist groups and fundamentalists targeted sporting venues, including the Stade de France in Paris in November 2015.
Sports security is of prime importance nowadays, and sporting bodies, governments and local authorities are taking measures to hire the best security contractors in the world. Many of these contractors are based out of the UK, so it will allow them to showcase their skills and strengths during these events. In fact, some experts believe the Olympics is one of the best venues for a private military contractor to demonstrate its prowess and hardware. Furthermore, some economists state that spending on security for sporting events is also a key to economic growth – so it is a win-win situation for sports organisers, local governments, security contractors, and sports fans and spectators.