“I wish I could run around in the [athletes’] village catching Pokemon,” New Zealand soccer player Anna Green told the Associated Press (via ESPN) on Friday. “I just can’t get it on the phone. It’s fine, but it would have been something fun to do.”
Canoers Joe Clarke of Britain and Matthieu Peche are also a bit miffed about the lack of Wartortles, Pickachus and Pidgeys in Rio. Both posted screenshots from the Pokemon Go apps that showed a complete lack of Pokestops, landmarks and places where people can visit to “catch ’em all.”
Niantic Inc., the company responsible for Pokemon Go, has yet to set a release date for Brazil. Right now, the game is available in the United States and Canada, as well as Japan, Australia and most European countries.
It’s not just foreign athletes who want the game in Brazil, though. So does Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, who earlier this month invited the company to release it in South America.
“There are 23 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” Paes wrote on Facebook in Portuguese on July 13. “Everybody’s coming. You should come on down too.”
In the end, the lack of Pokemon Go might be a blessing in disguise. Asked what Green, the Kiwi soccer player, will do instead of play the game, she told the AP: “Train.”