Unfortunately even athletes of the most popular sports in Brazil (except soccer) suffer from a lack of support. There are examples in all sports. This is not a problem of lack of money or resources to support the athletes , but these are problems that we are not able to explain because they are also a puzzle for us sometimes (as beepbeep said, we do not know where goes the money intended to support the athletes), and there is also a lack of interest in supporting the athletes.
Once athletes have achieved their goals, after much effort, they remember that these athletes are representing Brazil, as is happening now: they are saying that Brazil will be represented for the first time in skating during the Olympics, as they had given the support they should. When the results of the efforts are coming, everyone wants to be close to appear.
It is with great sadness that I say this, but it happens a lot with athletes from various sports, from swimming to gymnastics.