National Post - Brazil soccer great Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of the danger of endemic violence. Rivaldo posted the warning on his Instagram account and alluded to the case of a 17-year-old woman killed on Saturday in a shootout. “Things are getting uglier here every day,” Rivaldo wrote. “I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio — to stay home. You’ll be putting your life at risk here. This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil.”
Violence is one in a long line of problems facing South America’s first Olympics. Although venues are largely ready, the Zika virus, water pollution, and lukewarm tickets sales are worrying organizers. In addition, Brazil is in its deepest recession in decades and President Dilma Rousseff is fighting impeachment.
I was literally just talking about this yesterday. How the Olympics are 3 months away and there’s no buzz about them. Very little excitement about them. The Olympics is this awesome event that brings the country together every 4 years so we can root for people in obscure sports and fall in love with under-age gymnasts, and the only thing I’ve heard about them is how Rio is a shit hole, how the stadiums aren’t finished, and how people are dying every day. And then this came out today that soccer great Rivaldo is straight up like “yep, don’t even bother, not worth it bro”. I guess putting the Olympics in a poor country with tons of political corruption wasn’t the best idea. But them bribes doeeee, oh man, them bribes were probably so sweet.
As a blogger I’m psyched for the Olympics. The dog days of Summer where the only sport going on is baseball get really tough on the Internet streets. The Olympics are a god send. Hopefully we have a ton of non-murdery content to blog about, but man, what a shitty idea it was to put the Olympics there to begin with. And if you are going, try to not die. “Only God can change the situation in our Brazil” is not exactly a ringing endorsement.