The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil - Games of the XXXI Olympiad - Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016 - Jogos da XXXI Olimpíada - ब्राजील में 2016 ग्रीष्मकालीन ओलंपिक - 2016 Summer Olympics - 2016年夏季奧運會在巴西 - Olympics in Rio - Olimpíadas no Rio - रियो में ओलंपिक - Juegos Olímpicos en Río de Janeiro - دورة الالعاب الاولمبية في ريو - リオのオリンピック - Jeux Olympiques de Rio - Olympischen Spiele in Rio - โอลิมปิกในริโอ - 리오의 올림픽 - রিও সালে অলিম্পিক্স

The Rio 2016 Olympics Disasters

The US Olympic Committee has recently warned that Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympic Games may not be safe at all. And some politicians predicted a few disasters. 

Indeed, there are many things to worry about: the political unrest in the country, the outbreak of Zika, oozing water at the event venues, just to mention a few. 

The US Olympic Committee reported to U.S. sports federations that those athletes who felt it was unsafe for them to go to Brazil should not go. 

Brazil is currently in deep economic crisis. The Brazilian Rial has lost almost a third of its value in 2016, and the number of jobless has almost reached 10 percent. Also, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is currently involved in an extensive bribery scandal related to the petroleum corporation, Petrobras.

The pollution is another serious problem. It may not be safe for the athletes to go swimming or boating. An examination of the levels of bacteria and microorganisms from social sewage confirmed horrible facts. The quantities were extremely dangerous. Test results showed that the contamination was approximately 1.7 million times higher than normal. As a matter of fact, the contestants would be competing in sewage. Unfortunately, the Olympics hosts have done practically zero to address these problems.

Given the above, it is not surprising that the Committee advised athletes to stay home instead of risking their lives in Rio. 

Zika, water pollution, political unrests, and probably some other threats. Who knows? Will Rio Olympics be remembered as the worst in history?

Abridged from The Big Lead, 2/9/16.