2016 Olympics Games Onomastic Controversy

Although the 2016 Olympic Games scheduled for Rio de Janeiro have not even begun, the local Committee is facing blistering controversy. From the emergence of the disastrous Zika virus to public fury over the millions being pumped into the Games, the de Janeiro Committee has been beset with problems, including a juicy onomastic controversy:

One of the main sports arenas is named after João Havelange, a former Olympic athlete and ex FIFA President who allegedly accepted nearly $1 million in bribes. In light of this scandal, there have been numerous calls to rename the stadium. Among locals, however, the edifice is affectionately called “Engenhão”, a nickname derived from the neighborhood where the stadium stands, Engenho de Dentro.