RIO DE JANEIRO, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Olympic gymnastics
champion Arthur Zanetti has threatened to switch nationalities in a
bid to successfully defend his London 2012 gold medal at the Rio
Zanetti became the first Brazilian to win an Olympic gymnastics
medal when he eclipsed China's defending champion Chen Yibing for
gold in the men's rings event last August.
But despite the promise of new investments in the sport by
Brazilian officials, Zanetti says he is exasperated by the poor
state of gymnastics in his homeland.
"When I won the gold medal in London everybody said my life was
going to change but it hasn't changed at all," Zanetti told TV
Globo on Sunday.
"I have already begun thinking about competing for another
country if the opportunity arises. I would do it with a broken
heart, because I am Brazilian and I like to be Brazilian. But if
another country offered me what I needed, I would go."
Zanetti, who trains at the the Sao Caetano do Sul gymnasium in
Sao Paulo, is forced to share facilities with 300 other
Despite a wave of interest from aspiring new athletes following
the London Olympics, the club has been forced to turn away
potential members due to a lack of investments.
The International Olympic Committee allows an athlete to
represent a new country at the Games three years after changing