Should they cancel the Olympics before someone gets hurt or sick? The Brazilian’s are not up to the job. Perhaps, the events could spread over several countries to minimize the burden. The venues must be safe and up to Olympic standards. Polluted water, infectious insects, a government in chaos… no thank you.
Washington Post: Just weeks before it stages the 2016 Olympic Games, the state government of Rio de Janeiro has declared a “state of public calamity in financial administration” and warned that the situation is so dire it impedes the locale’s ability to meet Games commitments.
The Olympics start Aug. 5 with Brazil already facing an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, a public health crisis over the Zika epidemic and a deepening recession.
In an official decree published Friday afternoon by acting governor Francisco Dornelles, the state government said the crisis could cause a “total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management.”
Coming less than two months before the city hosts its first Olympic Games, the move stunned many in the Olympic city.
“It is completely unprecedented,” said Paulo Baía, a professor of political science at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He said while Brazilian cities had previously made similar declarations, he had never seen such a move from a state before. More