[The build-up has been dominated by] a Russian doping scandal

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The quotation comes from: Rio Olympics 2016: Games set for opening ceremony

Quotation: The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.

The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city's security, infrastructure and venues.

But it is time for the sporting action to take centre stage.
Hi everyone! The bold part is somewhat vague to me. How to make it clear?
  • se16teddy

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    English - England
    The dominant themes in the period leading up to the Games have been ...

    It may be referring to comment in the press, or the preoccupations of the organisers of the event, or something else similar.


    Senior Member
    Japanese - Tokyo
    Build-up here means "things that are said to cause people to feel excited about something (such as a future event)".
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