Tagged With 2016 summer olympics

It sounded too good to be true. Thanks to the Olympics, Rio's trash-ringed, sewage-contaminated Guanabara Bay would transform into a pristine watershed as the premiere venue for rowing and sailing. But the cleanup effort never materialised in earnest, and earlier this year, the city said it would actually take 20 more years. A new investigation offers a very simple hypothesis for why the water stayed dirty: Someone stole the money.

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.