10 Shocking Facts About The Rio Olympics 2016

10 Shocking Facts About The Rio 2016 Olympics 10 BODY PARTS ON THE BEACH In June 2016 parts of a mutilated body were found on Copacabana beach, just meters from where the beach volleyball will take place

The gruesome discovery was reported by a city street vendor and prompted a police investigation into identifying the victim Rio de Janeiro is notorious for crime and often referred to as one of the most dangerous cities in the world In an attempt to keep crime to a minimum during the Olympic Games, organizers will deploy an extra 80,000 security personnel to patrol the streets and stadiums Sources: Reuters, Huffington Post, BBC 9 WORKER MISTREATMENT In November 2015 the Labor Public Ministry in Rio, who are in charge of supervising labor laws, rescued 11 Brazilian workers building the media village, as they were living in squalid conditions

The accommodation provided for the workers did not have any drinking water, was covered in cockroaches and sewage, and the only bathroom had no shower or flushing toilet The construction company working on site, called Cyrela [SUR-EL-AH], was forced to pay each worker around $6000 in compensation SOURCES: NYTimes, Reuters, Rio On Watch 8 RUSSIAN ATHLETES BANNED An investigation by The World Anti-Doping Agency revealed that, between 2011 and 2015, Russia operated a state sponsored doping program across the majority of summer and winter Olympic sports It is considered to be the biggest doping scandal of all time

While the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended that the whole Russian team be banned from taking part in the Rio Olympics, the International Olympic Committee controversially only banned 68 Russian track and field athletes from competing The IOC has urged the individual sports’ governing bodies to decide which of the 300+ remaining Russian athletes should be allowed to take part SOURCES: The Telegraph, The Guardian, Sky Sports 7 FORCED EVICTIONS Since 2009 over 77,000 people have been forced out of their homes to make way for infrastructure projects related to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games One settlement cleared of residents and completely demolished was a favela called Vila Autódromo

Of the 600 families that lived there, only 20 voluntarily moved after being offered financial compensation or alternative housing Those that remained formed a human chain around their homes, only for their peaceful protest to be violently broken up by the police with pepper spray and rubber bullets Six people were left seriously injured SOURCES: Vox, Reuters 6 CONDOM O’CLOCK The first Olympic record to be broken in Rio will be the number of condoms provided by the International Olympic Committee to athletes, totaling 450,000

They will also be handing out 175,000 packets of lubricant With 10,500 athletes competing in the games, this figure equates to a whopping 42 condoms each Enough for two or three sexercise sessions a night during the 17-day sporting event This figure is three times the 150,000 condoms supplied by the IOC during London’s 2012 games SOURCES: New York Post, The Guardian 5

FINANCIAL EMERGENCY 49 days before the opening of the Rio Olympics, the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Francisco Dornelles, declared a state of financial emergency Dornelles begged for federal support to avoid a “total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management” He blamed the budget deficit of around $55 billion on a tax shortfall, as well as Brazil’s deep recession Meanwhile, the lack of money in the city has led to the emergency services staging protests

Adopting the slogan ‘Welcome to hell’, they have warned that tourists visiting the city won’t be safe, as they aren’t paid enough to protect them SOURCES: USA Today, BBC 4 SEX SALE Prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro's red light district are offering a 'sex sale' for visitors to the Olympic Games Over 3000 women will be offering their services in more than 70 bars and nightclubs, with the hope of luring in foreign visitors The sex workers claim they are slashing their prices, as business during the 2014 Brazil World Cup fell substantially

They have been preparing flyers, printed in English, detailing their cut-price deals 30 minutes of sex will cost just $11, half the typical rate of $22 SOURCES: IBTimes, Inquisitr, Daily Mail 3 ZIKA VIRUS Since May 2015, a life-threatening, mosquito-borne disease named the Zika virus has spread through Brazil at an alarming rate The virus has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly [micro-sef-alee], which gives babies underdeveloped brains and abnormally small heads

Olympics spectators, particularly pregnant women, have been warned not to travel to Brazil Over 30 male and female Olympians, including tennis player Milos Raonic [MIL-OS R-OW-NICH], have pulled out of the games, as they fear the uncertainty of the disease SOURCES: BBC, WHO 2 SOCIAL CLEANSING In Rio’s north zone, far away from the picture-perfect Copacabana beach, is an area called Maré [MAR-AY], home to a massive complex of neglected slums During the run up to the Olympics, a concrete wall was built around the neighborhood’s favelas

Officials stated that the wall was built to protect the residents of Maré from sound pollution However, residents believe it was actually built so visitors traveling from Rio de Janeiro airport to the southern part of Rio would not see the reality of the city Further along the wall, a brand new school has been built At this point, the wall becomes transparent, allowing foreign visitors to have a perfect view of this brand new building SOURCES: The Daily Telegraph, Reuters 1

SHITTIEST OLYMPICS EVER In 2015, officials for the Rio Olympics promised to remove 80% of the sewage that flows into the Guanabara [GWAN-AH-BAR-AH] bay, where the Olympic water sports will take place However, only 65% of the water has been treated This means that athletes could be swimming, sailing, and rowing through raw sewage It’s not just feces that athletes will have to watch out for, but trash too Every day, 100 tons of trash gets washed up into the bay

Rio officials have now acknowledged that a complete clean up of Guanabara bay would take about 20 years SOURCES: The Atlantic, Gawker

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