Are the Olympics still relevant?
I wrote this piece about 3 weeks before the commencement of the Rio Games, with Tokyo 2020 around the corner, time to revisit.
No matter how I look at it, I think the Rio Olympics will go down as the worst Olympics of the modern era. I do not place much stead on the Opening Ceremony, but plenty of people do, and the President of the IOC (currently German lawyer and former Olympic Champion fencer Thomas Bach, the 9th President), usually proclaims the Olympics "the best ever" based on this spectacular.
I dunno about Thomas Bach as you can see, he keeps pretty dodgy company!
IOC President, Thomas Bach with Russian President Vladimir Putin
This will not be the case in Rio, with the Opening Ceremony budget just 1/10th that of London, it is likely to be a dour affair.
The Games should never have been held in Brazil, the country just has too many other, more important issues to deal with. Think rampant crime (those of us who have been there can attest to this), abject poverty, pollution, corruption, major security issues and general lack of infrastructure.
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