BRASILIA: Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, has insisted that security will be reinforced at the country’s borders ahead of the Confederations Cup in June.

According to the Associated Press, Rousseff said that “a grand military operation will cover our frontiers of nearly 10,000 miles to prevent crimes and improve security” from the beginning of May. The Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament for the 2014 World Cup, will take place from June 15-30.

Brazil’s Minister of Defence, Celso Amorim, said recently that about 20,000 troops would be used to reinforce border security during this year’s tournament, and domestic security measures are also being ramped up ahead of Brazil’s time in the sporting spotlight.

Last week, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said that a layer of security would be set up around Brazil’s stadia, with everyone being inspected as they pass through.

“As you can imagine with what happened in Boston, (security) will be even… stronger,” Valcke said. “We will push the limit to make sure that we have the security, from the beach, to the airport, to the stadium.”


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