What Does It Take to Host the Olympics? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly!

August 11, 2016

After three failed attempts at bidding for the Olympics, Brazil finally got the answer that they wanted in 2009. The International Olympic Committee announced that Rio de Janeiro would be the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Its beautiful people, rich culture, and amazing land (Brazil is home to the Amazon rainforest and miles of breathtaking beaches) would
be the perfect place for the world’s biggest sporting event. The announcement led to great celebrations across the country, as Brazil would be the first South American country to ever host the Olympics. After all, hosting the games would mean more jobs, money coming into the country from people visiting the country, and most importantly, Brazil would get the attention of the world.

But “the good” from being chosen to host the games, quickly became “the bad” and then “the ugly.” How? Simply put: Brazil went broke preparing for the games. Costs for the games quickly rose from $14 billion to $20 billion. And for the past seven years, money that would have gone to health services (such as hospitals), schools, police and re departments (to keep the people safe), and other services for the people of Brazil, instead went towards the Olympics. Perhaps Brazil’s problems began even before the Olympics, but people are starting to wonder if winning the bid to host the Olympics was really a win.