Rio’s Olympian worries

Attention is starting to swing south toward Rio de Janeiro — and nobody’s sure they like what they see.

The 2016 Summer Olympics are set to begin there in a few weeks, and most reports say the city is nowhere close to ready. This was in Sunday’s New York Times: “It’s official: The Olympic Games in Rio are an unnatural disaster. On June 17 … the state of Rio de Janeiro declared a ‘state of public calamity.’ A financial crisis is preventing the state from honoring its commitments to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the governor said.

“That crisis is so severe, he said, it could eventually bring about ‘a total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility and environmental management.’ The authorities are now authorized to ration essential public services and the state is eligible for emergency funds from the federal government. Measures like these are usually taken for an earthquake or a flood.”

We’ll all be watching anyway, but it doesn’t sound good. Your thoughts? Email rrollins@coxohio.com.

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