Top 5 problems faced by Rio Olympics Rio de Janeiro has Olympic-sized problems. Brazil is plagued by water pollution, a financial crisis, crime, body parts washing ashore (yes, you read that right), and a major health threat from the mosquito-borne Zika virus. But despite all all the uncertainty, the Summer Olympics are set to begin on August 5 as scheduled. Let’s take a closer look at seven challenges facing the Top 5 problems faced by Rio Olympics.
The First & worst problem among the Top 5 problems faced by Rio Olympics is the Zika Virus. The Zika virus has made headlines ever since it spread across Brazil last year. A mosquito-transmitted infection, Zika has been linked to extreme birth defects in newborns. The good news? In June, the World Health Organization confirmed that there’s a “very low risk” of an outbreak during the Rio 2016 Olympics. The bad news? While chances of athletes or tourists contracting Zika are slim, no one is completely immune to it.
2Police Protests/Lack of Resources
Police in Rio de Janeiro, many of whom have not received their salary in months, staged multiple protests throughout the city, demanding the government pay them and warning off tourists with signs reading, “Welcome to Hell.” The government of Rio de Janeiro has run out of money for a variety of items needed to serve the public good, among them being gasoline for police patrol cars and other basic items.
Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, has been stripped of her powers since her impeachment trial began in May. Accusations have been made that Rousseff broke laws by faking the size of Brazil’s budget deficit. Now, Reuters reports that Brazil’s senate may take its final vote on Rousseff’s impeachment during the Olympics. A vote of this kind to take place before the ceremonies end is sure to be embarrassing for the Rio 2016 Olympics legacy.
With only two months before the start of the Olympic Games, the governor of Rio de Janeiro declared a state of financial emergency and requested federal funds to help fulfill obligations for public services during the Olympics. In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that Brazil experienced its fifth consecutive quarter of decline, making it the country’s worst recession in more than a century. There are many reasons for the recession, but rising unemployment and political conflicts are chief among them. Cash-poor Brazil has been struggling to bring the Rio 2016 Olympics to life, and while the ceremonies may only last 17 days, the country’s economic crisis has no end in sight.
Rodrigo de Freitas, the lagoon that will be used for swimmers and rowers during the Rio 2016 Olympics, is notoriously polluted. A 2015 Associated Press investigation concluded that the waters are “so contaminated with human feces that [athletes] risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games.” Oh, and Brazilian scientists recently found a drug-resistant “super bacteria” in several beaches and venues where swimming and rowing events will be held. The super bacteria can cause urinary, gastrointestinal and pulmonary infections.