As the world prepares to witness the sporting extravaganza that brings 207 countries to one city with about 10,500 athletes, not everything seems to be right on the land of the city that hosts the event. Rio Di Janeiro is the first South American Country to ever host the most talked about sporting showpiece and at the moment its troubles go beyond unready stadiums and security worries. Rio Di Janeiro seems to be facing political instability, public scrutiny, financial tension, infrastructure worries and countless other controversies, all together, at the time when an overwhelming number of tourists are expected to swarm the city with intentions of being part of the world’s greatest sporting event. But with hardly anything being close to ready, Rio’s Olympic Preparations Will Remind You Of New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games Days.
Rio’s Olympic Preparations Will Remind You Of New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games Days
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended after being voted by the Congress against her on grounds of allegations that she manipulated the Government accounts during the 2014 re-elections. Michel Timer is currently acting as the President of Brazil after Dilma Rouseff had to be deposed from her position. It is in between such Political ruckus that Brazil’s city Rio, which is doing even worse, will be taking upon its shoulders the responsibility of the 2016 Olympics.
Brazil’s Sinking Economy
Brazil’s economy at the moment is alarming with the GDP sinking noticeably. Brazil currently is caught tight, bound by the clutches of recession. Millions have taken to the streets to raise their voice against the government, who evidently looks helpless as of now. Brazil’s acting President Michel Timer, in spite of such crisis, has given the green signal to transfer 2.9 billion Reais ($849.0 Million) to the city of Rio that has declared a Public Calamity few weeks back.
As far as the infrastructure is concerned Rio’s Olympic Preparations Will Remind You Of New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games Days. Brazil is desperate to connect all its cities to the respective venues where the games will be held and especially to the Maracana Stadium, which will play host to the opening ceremony. The metro link, that will prove to be a huge boost to Brazil’s transport and traffic condition, is far from completion. However, the officials confirm that the work on the metro link will be completed much ahead of the Olympic Games. Only a few days back an elevated path built over the sea for the cycling events had crashed down, killing two. Otherwise too, most of the stadiums are less than 90% complete and it is a race against time for the officials.
Rio Di Janeiro’s subway system that is to connect four of the largest venues has been lagging behind with mild disturbances. Though the officials maintain that Rio’s subway system will be be functional on time, travel and transportation can prove a herculean task if it fails to materialize for the sporting extravaganza.
While Brazil is confident about fighting against physical odds, its war against the Zika virus is another major concern. The mosquito-borne virus attack that had affected South and Central America has hit Brazil real hard. British Athletes, especially women taking part in the games have been given clear guidelines to battle this virus which can cause the babies to be born with underdeveloped brains. The WHO has termed this virus outbreak as a Global Public Health Emergency. However the International Olympic Committee has assured that the virus will not affect the Games.
Pollution At The Water Sporting Venues
Another major concern is the pollution at the Guanabara Bay. It is here where the sailing, canoeing, rowing and open water swimming events will be held. While Guanabara Bay will provide a beautiful scene for the spectators and the cameras, it is here where Rio’s most sewage and dirt is dumped. The authorities have been fighting hard to get the waters clean where certain disease causing viruses exist in manifolds compared to the acceptable percentage.
The Death Of A Jaguar
Though this might seem like a mild hurdle, the death of a Jaguar during the torch ceremony in Manaus, Brazil has brought Rio Olympics 2016 on the news for the wrong reasons. The animal that was chained was shot dead when it escaped the handler and charged towards an officer.
It is not just Brazil or Rio fighting chaos within their domestic borders, the International Olympic commission too is fighting several matters surrounding the event and topping them all is the recent doping revelations of athletes from Russia. Rio could be the final chance for many sporting legends including Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis Hill and Mo Farah to take part in the Olympics and each one of them is hoping to bag a gold medal here. But the question still remains, will Rio win the race against time and host a world class Olympics like they had during the FIFA World Cup just two years back?