The Olympics are what young athletes in many different countries think about. They imagine themselves winning an event and representing their country while doing so. This year, that opportunity for some to shine is in Brazil. Rio De Janeiro will be the host city in Brazil this year when the games start on August 5th. And with the Olympics, the cities know well in advance that they are hosting the games. But unfortunately, it looks like Rio De Janeiro is not ready. Apparently, the Olympic village is not fully ready nor close to it. But the preparedness of the Olympic Village is only one of the things this city is worried about. The Zika virus is there in Brazil and plenty of South American countries at this time because of the mosquitos that carry it. And that virus can be something that can harmful to those that are planning to have children. So with all that being said, is it really worth it to go to the Olympics with all this out there?
This year, you notice that many athletes from America are deciding not to go play in Brazil. They have noticed what is going on and have decided that it is not worth it to go. The most noticeable difference this year is with the men’s USA basketball team. There have been a ton of players turn down their opportunity to be there. And although the team is still talented and expected to win a gold medal, it seems like they are the third-rate USA team instead of the number one team. Although some who declined will say they wanted to stay because of their family, there were plenty that were probably thinking about the issues Brazil was facing at this time. In addition to the Zika virus and the country not having the Olympic Village ready, the places where events are to be held are not all the way ready. For example, the tennis courts are not ready to go and the place where they plan to hold the Opening Ceremony has not had all the work completed on it. And to add to it, there is still some corruption present down there with the people surrounding the games being there.
Honestly, it isn’t like Rio De Janeiro is one of the safest places in the world. As the Olympics get closer, there has been some talk about the kidnapping issues that they have happened there over time. And for some, that has made them think about the safety concerns down there. But even with all the concerns, there are still some athletes that have overlooked that for a chance to represent their country. The concern is still there, but they see the idea of representing their country as something they could not pass up. And with that being said, those athletes are still going to the games while disregarding the potential dangers. The potential of bringing home a medal is something they are willing to risk a little danger to make happen. Now do I think the kidnapping threat is as real as it may have been in the past? No, I do not. But issues of safety are real in Rio De Janeiro.
Brazil has known they were hosting the Olympics for some time. And even with that being known, they still are not prepared for the games. They have until August 5th to get things prepared and done. And right now, that looks like a monumental task with all the unfinished construction down there. And that along with the Zika virus and other things down there is a reason many have decided to stay away. And who can blame them? The Olympic is something rare that people get to do, but some are not willing to overlook the dysfunction that is rampant going into this year’s Olympic games.
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