Monday, October 12, 2009


Rio beat out Chicago for the 2016 Olympics.

A Globe editorial reports the following:

"Rio de Janeiro, one of the most violent cities in the world (2,069 murders last year), with crumbling transportation infrastructure and a ramshackle airport, surrounded by impoverished and drug-ridden ghettos, will be expected to host a seamless Games and accompanying tourist experience, at an estimated cost of $15-billion.

It must simultaneously find a way to double current hotel space to 50,000 rooms.

Of course, the $15-billion estimate is likely conservative. The budget for the 30th Olympiad in London has already quadrupled - from the original $3.3-billion to $15.4-billion (Can.). And the Games are still three years away."

Murders and drug-ridden ghettos.

And these games will help matters how?


Anonymous said...

Minus the hotel accomadations thing, the same thing could have been said about Chicago!

Anonymous said...

David, its obvious. The IOC is totaly corrupt. Chicago is a tough town but with slums like those in Rio how could the ghetto in Chicago stand a chance.

Beging was a communist country complete with a iron fisted regime that negotiates with a bullet to the back of your skull.

With the level of corruption that the IOC requires from a host city its no wonder why Vancouver was awarded the games.

Its good to know that you dont need to travel to South America or Asia to find governments corrupt enough to hold the olymdicks