The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are set to kick off Friday, Aug. 5, and fans around the world are ready to let the games begin. The big question, however, is whether Brazil is ready to actually host.
As we saw with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, preparing for the Games is not always a glamorous or successful activity. In addition to having stadiums and other sports venues ready for all of actual games, host countries also need to build facilities to house all of the athletes. And then there’s the issue of handling the hundreds of thousands of tourists expected to come to Brazil in August. The country is expecting at least 600,000 foreigners and more than 3 million Brazilians to attend, and it needs the transportation, accommodation, security, and healthcare capabilities to support them all.
Only two weeks ago, the International Olympic Committee claimed “Brazil is ready” for the Games, and we sincerely hope it was right — but here are nine reasons this is clearly not the case.