The summer Olympics are happening in August this year, but the host, Rio de Janeiro, is so far from ready. The current situation regarding the Olympics is so bad that it has gained the nickname "Apocalympics 2016". So, let's have a quick overview of the disasters that have struck the Apocalympics so far;
1) Rio has admitted that it won't be able to clean up Guanabara Bay, where the windsurfing and sailing competitions will be held. Right now, Guanabara Bay is the end destination for quite a lot of raw sewage, and Rio promised to cut it down by 80%... Which it has now said won't happen. It has been described by participants as a "sewer".
2) Police have stated they won't be able to protect tourists. It's expected that either the army or private military companies will take over as security details for the Olympics this year.
3) A super bacteria has been discovered along some of Rio de Janeiro's popular beaches. The lead research of the team that discovered it, Renata Picao, said the bacteria entered the waterways when sewage local hospitals got diverged. It's drug-resistant.
4) In 2016, Rio has seen the loss of 54 police officers. Just so far this year.
5) Two skydivers tragically lost their lives whilst jumping in formation. The performance was part of the build-up to the opening ceremony.
6) Several athletes, including Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Shane Lowry and Marc Leishman have refused to participate, citing concerns over the presence of Zika virus in Brazil.
7) ... On the subject of Zika, Ricardo Barros, the health minister of Brazil, said there is "almost zero" risk of contracting Zika. 160000 cases of Zika have been reported in the seven months of 2016.
8) And, to finish it all off, the World Health Organisation will be unable to help in case of Zika. Their response program is only 13% funded.
In one month, the Olympics kick off. And Rio de Janeiro is so far from prepared, let alone safe. All of this isn't even accounting for international threats, such as terrorism or domestic threats such as unrest. It's just a bloody mess.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Personally, I'm just hoping that the Olympics is made into an escape from Rio death match. Significantly more entertaining than the usual Olympics.
Mind you, they're supposedly not rounding up homeless people and murdering them en-mass any more, so there's been a little improvement there.
They probably ran out of homeless people to murder.
I will be pleasantly surprised if something doesn't blow up in their faces when August rolls around. A stadium collapsing, stampedes, or even a fucking terrorist attack getting through because of their Gawker security.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
"Serio"They probably ran out of homeless people to murder.
They may just have got better at covering up:
Brazil's police force needs urgent reform to tackle endemic human rights abuses that potentially constitute thousands of executions in the country's poorest communities every year, Amnesty International says.
A report released yesterday claims that "death squads" - groups of rogue military police who have been accused of the mass murder of people living in favelas (slums) - are on the rise across the country.
It includes accounts from victims and relatives of routine extortion, theft and police brutality that sometimes results in death. According to official figures, more than 2,000 people were killed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in 2003 in cases labelled "resistance followed by death". Amnesty believes the true figures are far higher.
Brazil is a nation where police kill more suspects than in any other nation in the world. Police in Rio de Janeiro killed one suspect for every 229 they arrested last year. In the United States, police killed one suspect for every 31,575 they arrested. In 2008 police in Rio de Janeiro, alone, killed an astonishing 1,137 people, whereas in the entire United States police killed 371 people. These are just the official numbers. Fifteen people go missing every day in Rio de Janeiro. Last year nearly 5,000 people went missing. Many people blame the police.
Faktrl is Best Pony
10th September 2007
And meanwhile Sochi is saying, "See?! There is a worse place to host the olympics!"
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
17th June 2002
Between this and the most deadly World Cup preparations in history gearing up for 2022, it's a good time to not give a shit about sports.
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17th June 2008
"Mr. Matt"Between this and the most deadly World Cup preparations in history gearing up for 2022, it's a good time to not give a shit about sports.
I never felt like there was any point in giving a shit about it. International sports competitions always felt more like another opportunity to compare national dick sizes.
7th December 2003
Amazing that such a large nation would have problems organizing a bunch of sports events. But I guess it'll be ok, since the whole thing revolves around prestige they will just throw tax dollars at the problems until they go away.
Some of the structural problems such as the crime rates or political corruption cannot easily be swept under the rug though.
Follow A Paranoid
25th November 2006
The real question here is why does the Olympics committee allow this thing to go on? The health hazard alone (Zika Virus) is already a big Red flag in on itself.
I'm not even sure. Do they have the power to revoke hosting rights? Are they doing it to prove a point?
Or more likely, they took a chance and hoped Brazil could un-fuck things before the Olympics, and now it's too late to move them?