One of the many questions long-suffering Rio spokesman Mario Andrada has had to answer this month is: Why are the Brazilians booing so much?
It’s been one of the recurring themes of the 2016 games, a regular soundtrack to the events on the track and in the pool.
Andrada’s been forced to address the issue, promising reporters: “We are helping Brazilians to understand the right moment and the right level of passion.”
“But we’d rather have some passion than none and I think it’s a process of learning,” he added. “Booing is kind of part of the football culture, which is that everything is very unilateral my team or the team against me. Again, it’s part of the education that we need to have to help Brazilians to understand.”
Here’s a look at some of the varied recipients of the Brazilian boo.
Team USA’s goalkeeper was hit by a barrage of boos during the soccer, along with chants of “Zika” following her jokey tweets about the virus ahead of the games.
Most of the Russian athletes
Many of the 271 competitors that weren’t banned from the country felt the ire of the Brazilian crowd.
From jeers at the opening ceremony to the boos that accompanied the entrance of Andrey Grechin, Danila Izotov, Vladimir Morozov and Alexander Sukhorukov into the pool, they weren’t allowed to forget their country’s doping scandal.
Brazil’s president Michel Temer
Perhaps unsurprisingly, as the games have been littered with signs of “Out with Temer” protesting his interim government, the country’s leader was roundly booed during the opening ceremony.
Pole vault silver medallist Renaud Lavillenie
Lavillenie was in tears as he was booed by the crowd as he received his medal on the podium.
He had good reason to be upset; the defending champion lost out to homegrown favourite Thiago Braz da Silva after being constantly jeered during his performance.
He later said he was “disturbed” by the “nastiness” of the atmosphere in the stadium.
“There is no respect, no fair play. It’s the Olympics,” he said. “If there’s no respect in the Olympics, where can we get respect?I’m very, very sad and disappointed by the Brazilian public that was in the stadium.”
Andrada was once again rolled out to explain the situation. “As citizens of Brazil and as sports fans, we don’t think booing is the right attitude, even when you are in a one-to-one competition and a young Brazilian has the chance to beat the world champion,” he said.
“We plan to intensify our dialogue with Brazilian fans through social networks to make sure that we behave as fans in a proper and elegant manner, without losing the passion for sport.”
The Spanish basketball team
Why? Because they weren’t the underdogs. Opponents Croatia got cheered instead.
Great Britain’s rugby sevens team
The group was one of several that got on the wrong end of the Brazilian boo when they went against the home team, but they went on to win silver anyway.
German tennis player Dustin Brown
He got his boos when he fell and twisted his ankle, but got a cheer when he was stretchered off the court.
Cameroon boxer Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
The boxer was knocked out of the competition by Brazil’s Michel Borges amid heavy booing, despite onlookers thinking he out-punched his opponent.
He said he was “very disappointed” by the crowd.
Vietnam’s Hoang Xuan Vinh
He had to battle crowd distractions during the 10-meter air pistol event, eventually winning gold over the Brazilian competition and having the last, hard won, laugh.
It doesn’t stop there.
Countless other athletes from foreign nations and Brazil itself, plus judges, ball boys and practically anyone who steps out in front of the crowd, have been roundly booed at some point.
One Olympic expert, Professor Andy Miah from the University of Salford in England, insists that the Brazilian boos are “not malicious.”
“I thought they were being unsportsmanlike by shouting and booing – then I realised it was their way of getting involved in the drama of the event,” he said.
Some of those on the receiving end might beg to differ.