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Mutilated Body Washes Up Meters From Olympic Beach Volleyball Venue In Rio

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 01 / 16

Parts of a mutilated body "have washed up on the sands of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro just meters from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympics," according to REUTERS. The discovery "is the latest to unnerve the city as it grapples with rising crime, a recession a...

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