Nuclear Security and Pan American Games

13 July 2007
© IAEASeats in Brazil's famed Maracan' Stadium, one of the largest in the world, will soon be filled with over 80,000 spectators when the 15th Pan American Games begin on 13 July 2007 in Rio de Janeiro.  With over 6,000 athletes from over 40 countries in the Americas, public security is vital.Guns, guards and gates are no longer enough.  Major international public events must confront a  new challenge: the possibility of criminal acts using nuclear and other radioactive materials.  In cooperation with the IAEA, Brazil is making nuclear security an integral part of its approach to the Games.With guidance from IAEA experts, Brazil's Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN), trained and equipped enforcement authorities to measure and detect radioactive material.  By arming front line officers with Personal Radiation Detectors, a new level of specialized protection is added and security is enhanced.Professionals from the nuclear as well as the security fields must combine their skills to mitigate against the threat of malicious acts  using nuclear and other radioactive materials. CNEN scientists and Brazilian security officers apply their varied expertise to venue entry points at the Rio Center.The basics of nuclear security are prevention, detection, and response.  Preventions includes the protection of nuclear materials, installations, and transport. Detection reduces the possibility of malicious acts. Experts equipped with covert detectors tucked in rucksacks, are able to unobtrusively monitor radiation levels amongst large crowds.Response to any case of detection creates an unusual but highly effective marriage between groups like scientists and police, radiation experts and customs officers.  A coordinated effort allows for a quick and comprehensive response.With nuclear security measures in place, Brazil stands ready for the Games to begin.
Last update: 18 October 2014