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by Jane Jacobs
Starting August 5th, athletes will gather from all corners of
the globe to race and compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. That is, if they can get past the smell.
The games have descended into both a literal and figurative
sewer, especially after rounds of testing by the Associated Press
show that Rio’s Olympic waterways are as filled with pathogens
offshore as they are closer to land, where raw sewage flows into
the city’s waters from rivers and storm drains. Cleaning its
waterways and improving sewage sanitation was of Rio’s
promises upon winning the right to host the Olympics – now,
according to Brazilian officials, that will apparently no longer be
It’s not just the athletes who should be worrying about the
state that Rio is in. Concerns about Rio’s crime rates are keeping
tourists from booking tickets to see the games, leaving a huge
number of tickets still unclaimed and a vast amount of tourism
money out of Brazil’s pockets. Worried tourists can’t find much
comfort in the news, however – just last month, Australian
Paralympian Liesl Tesch was robbed of her bicycle at gunpoint
and in broad daylight, not too far from her hotel.
The final nail in Rio’s coffin? Medical officials are so
concerned about outbreaks of the Zika virus that in June, a group
of 150 doctors, scientists and bioethicists signed a letter urging
the World Health Organization to have the Rio Olympics
postponed. The WHO insists that the chances of Zika being
contracted by any of the thousands of visitors to Brazil are slim to
none – but we’re talking about a virus that shows no real
symptoms, and that can also be transmitted sexually.
The modern Olympics are handled with the expectation that
the host nations will, through building Olympic infrastructure,
improve the conditions of their own countries in the process.
Widespread corruption surrounding the Rio Olympics, however,
(especially after the show we had in Sochi in 2014) is starting to
make it seem as though it’s becoming harder and harder for the
world to trust an Olympic host nation with the power that it’s
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