2016 Rio Olympics

Long list threats to the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics

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Long list of threats to Olympics

Just last week, the Rio Olympic committee was greeted with a string of complaints by the Australian Olympic delegation, pointing out clogged toilets, moldy ceilings and flooded floors, to name a few. But this was not the only problem that’s been plaguing the organizers of Rio 2016. With only just a week left, there is still a long list of threats to the upcoming Olympics.

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The Zika Virus

With a significant drop in cases since May, Zika still poses a threat in the sense that it has already caused a wave of hysteria, globally. This even prompted talks of postponing the Olympics, which have since died down with Rio putting in extra effort to calm the fears of athletes and visitors.

Clean Water

With Rio’s nearest body of water being filled with garbage, dead animals and human waste, athletes who will be competing in it have complained of the smell, expressing their reluctance that would lead in their imminent hospitalization.

Breaking their promise of clean waterways by 2016, the organizers have not only let down the people of Rio, but the rest of the world.

Poor Infrastructure and Traffic

Even without a global event to grace the city, Rio traffic has already been a problem with little room to spare for roads and thoroughfares. A supposed set of rapid buses and extension of the subway was supposed to address this problem, but these projects have been delayed and are scheduled to open just a few days before the games.

Public Safety and Security

Recent waves of attack globally have indicated that terror groups are becoming more aggressive in their actions. With 16,000 athletes and an estimated 600,000 visitors this August, experts have been questioning the security (or lack thereof) of Brazil.

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Despite assigning 85,000 soldiers and police officers in the city streets of Rio, public safety still seems like an insurmountable challenge with an unreliable transportation system, doors that won’t lock and bad neighborhoods.

Regardless, countries are still advising attendees of the Olympics to be extra safe, vigilant and mindful to avoid any situations that may pose a threat to their well-being.

PHOTO COURTESY: Jorge_Brasil/ Flickr

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