With the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics just around the corner, the build-up to the biggest sporting event on Earth has been less than impressive.
The words chaotic and unprepared are far more appropriate.
Reports from just last week highlight that the conditions in the Olympic Village are essentially ‘unlivable’ and that there are still many issues that needed to be fixed.
Australian Olympic Committee chef de mission Kitty Chiller voiced her concerns over the welfare of the players.
“Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean.
“In operations areas water has come through the ceiling resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring.”
This is actually ridiculous. Not to mention incredibly dangerous. And Australia isn’t the only one experiencing problems as both Britain and New Zealand reported similar issues.
Athletes aren’t expecting multi-story mansions, but surely the organisers could have prepared somewhat adequate living conditions.
What’s most concerning is the fact that Mario Andrada, from the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, has actually acknowledged that 19 of the 31 buildings in the Olympic Village has not yet passed a safety test.
I guess this is what you get from a country which is rife with political corruption and prioritises economic benefits over the quality of life of their own citizens.
Let’s not forget it was only two years ago when Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup, and viewers were given a shocking insight into the disparity between the rich upper class and those living in the favelas underneath Christ the Redeemer.
The overall preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games has been abysmal at best but has largely been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the Russian doping allegations.
A total of 22 athletes have tested positive from both the Beijing and London Olympics and more than 100 have been banned from participating in the Rio Olympics.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has accused Russia of running a state-sponsored sports doping program which naturally doesn’t bode well for already shaky international relations.
While Russia haven’t been banned completely, they have threatened to challenge the allegations and are even hold their own Olympics for the banned athletes, aptly named Stars 2016.
This entire debacle may have been a blessing in disguise for the event organisers as it has overshadowed the fact that eight people have died throughout the construction of the new venues.
Compare this to the grand total of zero for the London Olympics and you’ll start to realise just how mind-boggling this entire situation is.
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, researchers in Rio have warned athletes to keep their mouths shut when swimming in water because of potential bacteria infections.
Researchers have found that some beaches in Rio have been contaminated with raw sewage, household garbage, and even dead bodies. Which is disgusting. Not to mention scary?
Rio paediatrician Dr Daniel Becker told the New York Times,“foreign athletes will literally be swimming in human crap, and they risk getting sick from all those microorganisms. It’s sad but also worrisome.”
“Literally be swimming in human crap.”
Also did I mention the deadly Zika virus?
On the plus side, there will be a record number of condoms in the Olympic Village, 450,000 to be exact. So at least our athletes will be able to have safe sex on a bed barely big enough to fit a 15-year-old while the various light fixtures hang precariously off the walls.
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