The Rio Olympic Games are upon us, and the news out of Brazil continues to be of a negative nature. Rio's severe water pollution issue remains, effecting Olympic venues for sailing, rowing, canoeing, triathlon and open-water swimming. Rio treats about half of its raw sewage, dumping the rest into the waters surrounding the area of 12 million people. City officials explained that they are using barricades to block the flow of garbage from streams, and helicopters to spot garbage flows. Imagine swimming alongside plastic bottles, chunks of wood, rubber sandals, sneakers, plastic bags, and human excrement. . And that’s what you can see. What about the bacteria you can’t? Athletes competing in events in the polluted bay are being told to 'close their mouths'. Yeahrite!
The polluted waters aren’t the only problems in Rio. Athletes have been robbed at gunpoint and even allegedly kidnapped by gangs of rogue cops on the streets of the city. Then there’s Russia’s track and field team which was banned from Rio, but the rest of the delegation was largely spared. The same can’t be said for the reputations of the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency. So, as it turns out the remaining delegation will compete under a cloud of suspicion, with fellow athletes and fans alike wondering if they’re really clean or not. I say Dirty!
The U.S. women's gymnastics program heads to the Olympics as the heavy favorites to defend the gold medal it won four years ago in London with recent allegations of sexual abuse involving former coaches. Why am I not surprised?
It goes on. There’s operating budget issues, unfinished housing and Yes, let’s not forget Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and a neurological disorder that can cause temporary paralysis in adults. Lots of mosquito’s flying around Rio. A few athletes, including golfers Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, cited fears of Zika as their reason for not participating in Brazil.
I used to look forward to the Olympics, especially the opening ceremonies. Not so much anymore. I started losing interest when they took women’s softball away (it’s returning in 2020). along with lacrosse, and baseball, But table tennis stays in. Is rhythmic gymnastics a sport? (dancing with a ribbon on a stick) I think not. Shooting? Are you kidding me? I say bring back tug of war.. Ok, so I admit I’ll watch the ceremonies as Michael Phelps carries the flag, but Im not sure about the rest. Just can’t get excited about those Archery events.
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