Should Brazil 2016 Olympics be canceled or delayed due to health risks?
The waters in Rio de Janeiro are teeming with viruses and bacteria. In some tests, the levels of contamination are up to 1.7 million times what would be considered hazardous on a California beach because most sewage is not treated in Brazil. Athletes who have participated in test events there have fallen ill or suffered from MRSA infections afterward. The coastal city of Recife is considered ground zero for the deadly Zika virus. Brazilian police rank among the world’s most deadly. They were responsible for 1 in 5 homicides within the city of Rio de Janiero in 2015.
At this point a cancellation of the Olympics would probably result in riots which may kill more people, and a lawsuits which may bankrupt the IOC. However, I do think the water sports should seriously be moved. I saw the report on the water contamination levels and it was indeed scary. I also saw that the Brazilian government did not comply with the agreement to have 8 water treatment plants where the games are to occur. As such, they would not win a suit on there matter. Frankly, as upset as I am about Brazil and their lack of readiness for these games, I am more upset at the IOC. The IOC and FIFA, both based out of Switzerland, have been shown to take athletic corruption to levels thought unimaginable. How they reviewed Brazil and thought it could possibly be a ready site is ridiculous. The Olympics needs to work on have 4-6 permanent summer/winter venues so that countries are not bleeding coffers dry building Olympic cities that may or may not be used afterwards. Country has Favela slums all over the place and scream they don't have money to fix them, but when an Olympics is on the line then all of the sudden billions of dollars are available for stadiums, buildings, police, etc.
by sooner than later 8 years ago
Rio de Janeiro will host the summer games in 2016. I think its good for Brazil. I wonder if it was insulting for the president and first lady when the rest of the world voted Chicago out, especialy because he made a "special" speach and all. First round- slam
by MickiS 6 years ago
Where will the summer Olympics be held in 2016?
by Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago
Tickets to the Olympics in Brazil are not selling. What are your thoughts?Less than half are sold. The country is in the midst of a political upheaval and lawmakers are currently considering a request to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. The country's economy is also collapsing, suffering the worst...
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