The eyes of the world are focused on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but it’s not purely the game of soccer that they are watching. Recent violence and protests add to the already thick backdrop of public opposition that has rocked Brazil since last June.

As an avid sports fan, I should have been more excited to receive my yellow envelope containing tickets to one of the world’s greatest sporting events, something I’ve anticipated since my trip to South Africa in 2010. But as an active member of our local business and construction industry, I…