FROM Paul Christesen
Re-Imagining the Olympics Rio de Janeiro struggled to prepare to host the Summer Olympic Games. Brazil is in a recession, and less than two months before the games began, Rio’s Governor had to declare a state of emergency to access funding for the preparations. Now some estimates put cost overruns for the Games at $ 1.6 billion. And despite the Olympic fanfare viewers watching at home see, a myriad of problems continue to spring up now that the Games are underway – shoddy housing arrangements, security scares, terrible traffic, polluted water, and of course, Zika...the list of problems goes on and on, as it seems to every Games. But does it have to be this way? It’s time to reimagine the Olympics.
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