The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were doomed from the start. Some daft optimists thought that maybe, just maybe, if we just believed in Brazil, the politicians would pull through on their promises that the games would lift the city up to a new level of prosperity. But a year later, the opposite is true.
The Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics were never going to go well. Thanks to decades of inequality and urban decay, the city always seemed ill-prepared to host athletes and fans from around the world. So it should come as no surprise that just six months after the games, the very expensive and sparkly venues built for…
Even before the 2016 Olympics kicked off in August, the state of Rio de Janeiro had declared a “state of public calamity in financial administration.” Five months later, things aren’t any better.
Two American swimmers were pulled off an airplane, their passports confiscated, and were held by Rio de Janeiro police for four hours, as everyone tries to get to the bottom of what in the hell is going on, and what happened early Sunday morning when four swimmers claimed they were robbed at gunpoint. We’re reaching…
The already-confusing story about the alleged robbery of four U.S. Olympic swimmers has gotten stranger, and bigger, with a Brazilian judge ordering two of them, including Ryan Lochte, to surrender their passports and to not leave the country. One problem: Lochte’s already back home.
The Olympic road race is currently winding its way towards the finish line, but according to multiple reports from the scene, there was a loud explosion from the finish line area.
For two weeks, homeowners in Rio de Janeiro will have some highly desired real estate as people from around the world flock to the city (perhaps cautiously) to watch the Olympic Games. Basic economics would suggest the locals will engage in a little bit of price gouging. But woah, some people are getting super gutsy.
Russian diplomat Marcos Cesar Feres Braga disarmed and shot to death a man who attempted to rob him while he waited in traffic after the Olympic torch relay today, according to Globo.
The Olympics is a once every four-year event testing the limits of humanity’s athletic ability—more so this year as competitors compete in raw sewage. It’s safer for viewers at home, but for those without cable, it’s also a marathon of ingenuity and clever thinking to even watch it.
Olympic athletes continue to be victimized by crime and poor facilities—simultaneously, it would seem, as the Australian delegation returned to their lodgings after a fire to discover they’d been robbed.
Chinese athlete Shi Dongpeng fell victim to a gastrointestinal grift earlier this week shortly after arriving in Rio de Janeiro to compete in the 110-meter hurdles event, according to Inside the Games:
New Zealand MMA fighter Jason Lee says men in police uniforms kidnapped him in Rio de Janeiro, forcing the jiu-jitsu specialist to withdraw money from two ATMs and hand it over, or be be arrested.
This week’s scheduled move-in for the Olympic athletes’ village in Brazil fell flat, as the Australian delegation refused to enter the facilities due to serious issues with plumbing and fire safety.
The upcoming Olympics have been marred by the Zika crisis, body parts washing up on a prominent beach, a lack of security, disease-ridden shitwater, and a political meltdown. All these extra-normal maladies have made it somewhat easy to wash over the fact that Rio has created the same boring problem for itself that…
Yesterday, members of the Rio de Janeiro police force staged a protest at the city’s airport, claiming that they haven’t been paid for months and thus will not be able to sufficiently police the city during the Summer Olympics.
Rio de Janeiro’s state government is declaring a state of “public calamity” and says extreme measures must be taken or this summer’s Olympics won’t happen.
Rio’s water is still a toxic cesspool, according to the athletes forced to brave it for a high-level surfing competition that took place on its foul brown shores earlier this month. What a fun Olympics this will be!
A 150-foot elevated cycle path section in Rio de Janeiro collapsed this morning after it was hit by a wave, killing at least two of the five cyclists who fell into the sea. The 2.4 mile long Tim Maia Cycle Path—completed in January at a cost of $12.7 million—was one of the many infrastructure projects undertaken in…
When bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro promised the International Olympics Committee that it would eliminate 80 percent of the sewage found in the city’s notoriously filthy water, and would fully regenerate the lagoon in which rowing and kayaking events will be held. Now a few months from the…
Add this to the pile of problems already arisen around the 2016 Summer Olympics, due to start in Rio de Janeiro in a few months: The power has been shut off at the stadium meant to host the track and field competitions, and nobody can decide who’s going to pay to turn it back on.