Four weeks until Brazil lights its Olympic cauldron in Rio, and the country is in a shambles.
A month ago Rio’s state government declared a “State of Calamity” to access extra funding to pay for the Games. Almost all venues are still under construction. In April, a newly built bike path along Rio’s seashore collapsed, killing two people, on the same day that the Olympic torch was lit in Greece. Drug traffickers are involved in territorial disputes in at least 20 Rio neighborhoods, a crime wave is sweeping the city and body parts recently washed up on the beach where the volleyball competitions will be held.
And we haven’t even gotten to the mosquito-born Zika epidemic or Russian athletes banned because of a doping scandal.