In a few months, the world will be treated to another Olympic Games. The 2016 games are set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the party capitals of the world, in a country known for vibrant culture and beautiful people, this should be a recipe for a perfect couple of weeks of athletic achievement. It's not though, it's absolutely not. All the metaphorical ingredients are there, but the chef in charge of this recipe is drunk, blindfolded and someone has rearranged his kitchen.
Realistically though, every Olympic games, whether summer or winter, has its own set of problems. The 2014 Sochi games were tainted by concerns over potential Russian treatment of gay athletes. Ultimately, the games went off without any ridiculous hitches (other than the opening ceremony blunder that probably got someone hauled off to a modern day gulag (not really)...(maybe).
This Olympics, however, has a whole list of problems, and many are concerned that it could turn into more of a travesty than a world class athletic tournament. Here are twelve major concerns and controversies facing the organizers of the games.
12 Poor Overall Economic Situation
11 Inefficient Spending
10 Health Concerns - Severe Water Pollution
9 Health Concerns - Zika Virus
7 Construction Projects: Some Are Behind Schedule
6 Ticket Sales
5 Ongoing Social Problems
3 Political Corruption
If you're a mixed martial arts fan, you may remember last month when Mike Bisping beat Anderson Silva in that controversial decision. Bisping landed vastly more strikes and controlled the octagon for at least three of the five rounds, and was awarded the victory in spite of Silva landing some very damaging shots throughout and almost scoring a knockout at the end of the third. That's all I'll say about the fight because Silva fanboys are probably still bitter.
For our purposes however, The Spider's words after the fight tell the tale of that fight (from his perspective) and his homeland. He lost to Bisping in London, on the Count's home turf, and implied the judges were corrupt in broken English: "Sometimes thinks are like in Brazil. Totally corrupted."
2 Local Public Opinion
1 Worldwide Opinion
Nobody is happy about the eleven previous points, and all are glaringly apparent and have been spewed all over the news for months. While Rio originally looked like a great venue for the event, many would-be fans are appalled by some realities of the city, especially what is seen as across-the-board corruption, along with the health concerns, and so on. On top of the Rio specific problems, there is that ever-growing opinion among many in the global community that the Olympic Games are just another vastly overrated scam, supported by advertising interests in order to sell crap to people who don't need it while ravaging another city at the expense of its people. Not our view by any means, but these people are everywhere.
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