The 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a celebratory close handing over the Olympic torch to the host of the 2020 Olympics-Japan. And while the skies clear and the waters turn blue (or green), the world can look back, one last time, at an Olympics that had its fair share of misfortunes, issues and controversies. Here are three of the worst talking points from the Rio Olympics-which, by the way, was still okay, all in all.
Months before the Olympics soaring street crime, violence, drugs and prostitution were already major concerns facing the local government of Rio. This forced them to deploy more than 85,000 security officers within the vicinities of Olympic event venues.
Despite these efforts, some visitors, including Olympic athletes, were still met with unfortunate experiences like theft and muggings. One such story was of Fernando Echavarri, along with members of the Spanish sailing team, who was robbed in one of Rio’s neighborhoods. The athlete spoke about his experience in a video.
A similar incident also happened to Australian swimmer, Josh Palmer, who, after partying late at night, was robbed $1000 by an unidentified man. He was later found disoriented without his phone and wallet. European journalist Jacqueline Magnay confirmed that he was also banned from the closing ceremonies, for his actions.
Another of the worst talking points from the Rio Olympics was Hope Solo’s “bunch of cowards” comment on Sweden, after their shocking loss in the women’s soccer event. Many criticized her words as the antithesis to what the Olympics stand for good sportsmanship. A firestorm erupted in social media.
Even her own teammates voiced their frustration, with teammate Megan Rapinoe clarifying that Solo’s comments were never a representation of the entire team’s thoughts.
“That’s not our team, that’s not what this team has always been, that’s not what this team will be in the future,” Rapinoe said in her interview with NBC.
But fans also immediately came to her aid.
To which the athlete responded with love.
Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno was also at the receiving end of body-shaming tweets, being called “fat” on Twitter. Her fans were also quick to defend the athlete.
The worst talking points from the Rio Olympics truly made the recent games a memorable one, but hopefully, this will be overshadowed by all the good things, instead, to truly capture the meaning of the quadrennial event.
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