The empty seats at Rio Olympics 2016 are a reality. But that doesn’t mean there are no fans here. One of the biggest traveling contingents is from Argentina. It was the same with the Fifa World Cup when more than 200,000 Argentinians had come into Rio de Janeiro for the final against Germany.
“With security in numbers, Argentinians are one of the loudest and most motivating supporters whenever Argentina is on the field irrespective of the sport,” says Nahuer Ortega, who has come here especially to support Argentina at South America’s first Olympic Games.
Here, Nahuer is at the basketball court cheering for the Argentinian team even though he doesn’t follow the game much. Football is his first love and it will always be that way. “We have to support our team in all sports, especially when they are playing in Brazil,” he says in Spanish with his friend translating in English.
From Rosario, the hometown of Lionel Messi, he likes Messi but not as much as Maradona. “He is not the best. Maradona is the best. Always,” he says as he sips his beer after the national anthem.