Good Reasons Why The 2016 Summer Olympics Shouldn't Happen
I guess it's time to get excited about finally having our every-four-years itch for world-class track and gymnastics scratched. Except it's different this time around. At last count, nearly half of all Americans believe the Olympics should be delayed or cancelled altogether. I'm one of those Americans. (click for full) http://goo.gl/Ymxl8e
- •The Zika VirusThe Zika virus needs three things to be in place before it can truly take hold in any given area: the Aedes aegypti mosquito, crowded human dwellings, and poverty. The Olympics are in Brazil this year. If you're even sort of familiar with that place, you already know that two of those three things are so common there that they might as well be on the flag (along with guns and beautiful people).
- •The PollutionUnfortunately, Brazil being the hotbed of corruption that it is, the money that was allocated to clean up the bay has apparently gone missing, and the promise of a less polluted Guanabara Bay for Olympic athletes is now off the table. They swear the pollution doesn't pose a health risk, as does the IOC, but that's because none of their testing is checking for viral pathogens, like the super-bug mentioned earlier.
- •The InfrastructureIf you're unfamiliar, that's the science-fiction-sounding word that's used to describe the arena where cycling competitions take place. It's an important part of the Olympic experience, and Brazil still hasn't finished building one yet. In fact, the government just cancelled the contract of the company building it. This seems like a good time to remind everyone that we're less than 50 days away from the start of the games.
- •Security Is A Huge ProblemOne of the more notoriously violent favelas in Rio is Complexo da Mare, a massive collection of 15 slums all packed into one condensed area. Conveniently located right next to the airport through which thousands of tourists will funnel into the city starting a few weeks from now, it's been the target of "pacification" efforts by police since before the World Cup began last year. Gang violence is still out of control, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.
- •No One CaresA whopping 50 percent of the tickets for Olympic events have yet to be sold. That number is even worse in regards to the Paralympics, which have sold just 12 percent of all available seats. So far, the best plan the government has come up with to fill the empty stadiums is to buy up the remaining tickets and distribute them to local schoolkids.