One hopes not, but between the Zika scare, a vast corruption scandal and the staggering decline in Brazil’s economy since it was awarded the Olympic Games in 2009, there is real concern that the Rio Olympics may end badly. One projection suggests the games will leave Brazil $15 Billion in the red. The bay where the sailing events will take place is polluted with sewage, and games officials now say there simply is not enough money to fix it. An LRT line designed to ferry athletes is a billion dollars over budget and won’t be open until 4 days before the games begin. The Brazil experience may finally prompt IOC officials to scale back these Olympic extravaganzas which since the days of the Big Owe in Montreal always end in waste and not much in the way of legacy. There are plenty of cities around the world with Olympic facilities, maybe it’s time to start revisiting them.
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