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Russian Doping Scandal Is Making Some Rio Vendors Very Nervous

  • Russians booked Copacabana boat club to host athletes, VIPs
  • IOC to decide whether to ban country amid doping allegations

Adriano Godoy, the owner of a cleaning services company in Rio de Janeiro, seems an unlikely figure to be closely monitoring the fate of the Russian Olympic team.

But Godoy’s firm is booked to work during the Games as bathroom attendants at Russia’s Olympic hospitality house at a private boat club near the Copacabana beach.

Clube dos Marimbas

Source: Clube dos Marimbas via Facebook

If the International Olympic Committee bans the country following damaging disclosures that allege a sophisticated state-sponsored doping program, Godoy and others like him could be left holding the bag.

"Nothing is fixed yet," said Godoy, whose company Pro Segur Prestacao de Servicos also has deals to assist three other delegations with their bathroom cleaning needs. "I’m waiting to find out."

At the Clube dos Marimbas, one staff member, who asked to be anonymous because workers were told not to talk to reporters, said the club had been making plans with the Russians for months and suggested there were terms in the contract that would protect the club financially.

Russia spent lavishly at the 2012 Summer Olympics, setting up two venues in London that hosted ice skating shows, cultural events and food and drink. Brazil’s Globo newspaper estimated the cost of renting the Rio boat club at $1 million. The Russians had booked from July 25 through Aug. 28.

“We already have common colors: Red, blue and white,” vice-comodor Luiz Correia de Araujo, who was responsible for the negotiations with the Russians said when the contract was announced. “This marriage is a happy coincidence.”

He’s now probably hoping it doesn’t turn into a messy divorce.