NHL players are preparing to boycott the upcoming Olympics in Brazil, and they’re planning to protest in front of Olympic venues, including the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The players are set to join hundreds of others across the world, many of them from their countries, who are protesting against the government’s decision to hold the Olympics in the capital.
The protest is a sign of growing opposition to the economic crisis in Brazil and to the political instability that has been plaguing the country since it collapsed in 2014.
On Monday, the Brazilian government announced that it was canceling a bid to host the 2020 Olympics.
It was expected to take effect on Sept. 5.
The decision followed months of negotiations that ended without a deal.
The IOC, which oversees the sport in Brazil for the World Olympic Committee, has said it will work with the country to find a solution.
On Tuesday, the IOC said it was “extremely disappointed” in the decision, which it said was a “political decision.”
“We’re disappointed in the government of Brazil, in the president of Brazil and the government at large,” IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters.
“The decision has a negative impact on the international sporting movement in Brazil.”
The IOC has urged the country’s government to take action to address the crisis and to help reduce poverty.
On Friday, the head of Brazil’s sports ministry, Antonio Guterres, said the government was ready to help find a resolution.
“It’s not enough to say that the IOC is a political body,” he told reporters on Monday.
“It’s clear that there’s an overwhelming need to solve the problems in Brazil.
And that’s what we’re trying to do.”
A spokesperson for the Olympic committee, Anna Kranz, said she was “deeply saddened” by the decision.
“We are deeply disappointed to see the IOC’s decision and are now working on a more comprehensive and realistic plan to resolve this situation,” she said.
“This decision also affects all our athletes who have been part of the IOC family for so many years.”
In Brazil, more than 60,000 people have been arrested in the last year as part of anti-government protests, according to a report by the newspaper Folha de São Paulo.
The protesters, many wearing masks and holding banners saying “No to inequality,” have called for greater rights for the countrys poorest people.
The Olympics, which take place from Aug. 5-23, are scheduled to cost $50 billion and draw the world’s biggest crowd of athletes, with the cost likely to exceed $100 billion.
In an interview on the eve of the Olympics, Bach said he would be open to discussions with the government on a plan to improve the country.
He said he hopes that Brazil’s government would be willing to work with him to find solutions to the crisis, which he said was caused by the government “lack of transparency.”