Crime doubts persist in Brazil ahead of events (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this May 29, 2013 file photo, Soldiers line up with their shields during a security drill at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. No matter how well Brazil does hosting the Confederations Cup, it will be hard to say the country succeeded in its preparations. There were delays and cost overruns in stadiums across the country, few infrastructure projects were completed and the nation's capacity to host the tournament was put in doubt several times. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Not even a day after his arrival in Rio de Janeiro and just hours after attending the Brazil-England soccer friendly at the city’s legendary Maracana stadium, a sports columnist for the Daily Mail newspaper was held up at knifepoint as he strolled along Copacabana Beach.

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