Just before every Olympics, looming doubt starts to surface. Are the cities ready? Has the host country accepted the geopolitical consequences? Will people come?
But this year’s games are especially troubled, and with the opening ceremonies less than 100 days away, the call to cancel Rio’s Summer Olympics has reached a fever pitch. Should Rio just walk away now? Some are saying yes. Here are some of the best reasons why.
Sending 500,000 people to the centre of an outbreak of a yet-to-be-understood disease might create a global pandemic.
The displaced Vila Autodromo favela. Mario Tama/Getty Images
9. Doping scandals
A massive doping scandal could ban 31 yet-unnamed athletes “from 12 countries and six sports” from participating — in addition to the Russians who were already outed. Russia might be barred completely, and because it didn’t comply with an anti-doping agency investigation, Kenya may not be able to compete at all either.
8. Political scandals
Brazil’s president has been suspended after being impeached for stealing funds from state banks. But that’s not all! More than half of the members of Brazil’s senate are also being investigated for crimes.
7. Brazil’s recession
Contaminated waters in Guanabara Bay. Image: AP
5. Unfinished infrastructure
The extension for Rio de Janeiro’s Metro Linha 4 that connects the major venues hasn’t even been finished. That means traffic will be an absolute nightmare.
4. Dangerous infrastructure
The infrastructure for the games that has already been finished is falling apart and killing people.
A brand-new bike bridge collapsed, killing two people. Image: Getty
3. Bad luck
We just found out that South Korea, the country set to host the next Olympics, secretly did a really, really horrible job last time. So that’s reassuring.
2. International sporting events suck
1. But seriously, Zika
Dude, if the recommendations are that pregnant women or even people who are considering getting pregnant shouldn’t attend — will anyone even go?