The Olympics Of Rio De Janeiro Essay

1703 Words Jun 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Faster, Higher, Stronger?
“Go USA!!!” is a phrase many Americans cheer as they watch in anticipation the Olympic Games at home. Many of us enjoy watching sports and will cheer on our country’s athletes while the Olympics are taking place. However, for the upcoming Olympics in Rio, there has been massive controversy over whether they should even take place. Many problems have flooded Brazil recently and organizations like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, important figures and authors, and even athletes have taken stance on whether the olympics should be cancelled or continued. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must cancel the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro because of Brazil’s economic state, the Zika virus outbreak, and Brazil’s political state. To fully understand the controversy over the Olympics and why they should be relocated, one must first understand the events and decisions prior to the Olympics. On October 2nd, 2009, Rio de Janeiro was announced as the winning host of the Olympics, making it the first time the Olympics have been held in South America (Collins). The IOC chose Rio as the host city to hopefully improve Rio and Brazil and give them a legacy as a successful and stable South American country. However, right after Rio was awarded hosting the Olympics, the government published a list of 119 favela communities that would be razed in Rio, affecting hundreds of thousands of citizens (Worrall). Razing so…

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