The start of the 2016 Summer Olympic games is officially set for Friday, August 5 when the torch will be lit, but the days of pre-ceremonies leading up to it have already created a long list of problems in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that have made it clear to many that the Brazilian people don’t want the games, and maybe aren’t ready for them, either.
Overlook, for a second, the world’s fear of the Zika virus — which doctors from the World Health Organization were so concerned about that they issued a statement telling potential visitors to cancel their plans — and even the political system’s widespread problem with corruption:
The people of Brazil simply don’t want to host the Olympics, not with the current status of their country, anyway, and it’s already showing.
“Just thinking of the Olympics leaves me revolted,” street vendor Ana Caroline Joia da Souza, 21, told the New York Times. “Our politicians want to trick the world into thinking things are great here. Well, let the foreigners see for themselves the filth we live in, the money our leaders steal.”
And she isn’t alone. A Datafolha survey revealed that nearly 63 percent of people in the country think the Olympic Games are going to hurt their economy, with only 16 percent saying they were enthusiastic about the games.
This may be due in part to the fact that many families have been relocated from their homes — now demolished — to make room for the Olympic Park and other facilities.
It’s no surprise, then, that the torch rally, in which the Olympic torch was toured around Brazil, was attacked with rocks, buckets of water and all-out assaults during several stops.
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Globo, one of Brazil’s largest media outlets, is reportedly not even showing the Olympic games during the game, instead having decided to broadcast a soccer game.
There has already been an extraordinary amount of incompetence shown by officials leading up to the games, many critics say. On Thursday, August 4, officials were forced to cut their way into Olympic Stadium after losing the key to the front gate.
CNN reported that despite the games not having even started, the many hospitals in Rio de Janeiro are already overcrowded. Patients are sleeping on the floor in hallways, and wait times extend as long as a few days.
Tonight will be the torch-lighting ceremony but the country’s biggest star, Pele, isn’t even healthy enough to light it. Perhaps the nation isn’t, either.