Its preparations are woefully behind schedule, and violent social problems in the Brazilian city haven’t been satisfactorily solved. But International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates last year said there’s no Plan B.
It’s either Rio de Janeiro or Rio de Janeiro.
One of the worst problems is the pollution of the main water venues:
According to a report by Reuters, Coates wasn’t impressed by the Games’ preparations.
“I think this is a worse situation than Athens,” said Coates in comparing Rio de Janeiro’s preparations to the 2004 Olympics.
“In Athens, we were dealing with one government and some city responsibilities. Here, there’s three. There is little co-ordination between the federal, the state government, and the city—which is responsible for a lot of the construction. And this is against a city that’s got social issues that also have to be addressed… It’s the worst that I’ve experienced.”
There’s around 500 days to go before the Games begin. Will the city be ready in time?