Simon Wiesenthal Center officials presented a program to authorities in Brazil on dealing with racism in sports, notably soccer, as the nation readies for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
“Eleven Points Against Racism in Football” was presented Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro by Shimon Samuels, the center’s director for international relations, and Sergio Widder, its Latin America director.
The initiative was inspired by a similar program, Football Against Racism in Europe, or FARE, to prevent terror incidents at upcoming major sporting events in Brazil, as well as religious events, such as the visit of Pope Francis.
Among the Brazilian officials on hand were Zaqueu Teixeira, the secretary of state for social affairs and human rights, and Bernard Brito, supervisor for analysis and project management, as well as the coordinator of the Racism in Football Conference.
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