Gang Violence, Poverty vs. 2016 Olympics

  • Dynamo_spark

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    Aug 18, 2016 7:05 PM GMT
    Millions were spent to transform Rio de Janeiro into the, perfect Olympic Venue. Even before the Olympic Games began, athletes were cautioned not to leave the village - Why? While, Faevella's and slums still reel with day to day gang violence. Police squads, have to patrol these areas on a 24 Hour basis. It is reported that over 40 000 murders take place per year in these areas. So beyond the glitz and glamour, races and medals being won. One wonders, in a country riddled with so much poverty, was the funding for the Olympic Games well spent? And, then after the Olympic Games, what happens to the Olympic venue? Another 'White Elephant'. The same thing happened in South Africa - huge lavish stadiums were constructed for the FIFA 2010; many of these stadiums now stand unused, having to remain maintained in the hope that they might be used for some or other event. (See link) http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazilian-forces-clash-with-gangs-in-rio-slums-as-olympics-continue-1470948860
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    Aug 18, 2016 7:22 PM GMT
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    Aug 18, 2016 7:55 PM GMT
    It would be a valid question if I thought the Olympics were something important or they did something important for the world. But they've been so hyper-commercialized for so long now that they're essentially irrelevant. It's all about money. The biggest winner, here in the US at least, is whatever TV network gets to broadcast them.

    Some of the stories I've read about how the kids are driven by their parents to become Olympic athletes are depressing. Several years ago I went to a local county fair and amongst all the other stuff there was one of those little popup pavilions and under it was a card table with a local woman who'd recently won the figure skating championship (Michelle Kwan I think), signing autographs. No doubt a huge part of her childhood was spent on the ice getting ready for the Olympics, and in the end that's what she had to show for it, signing autographs on a hot day in a dusty field under a popup. She could have done something useful with her life like become a schoolteacher, doctor, nurse, vet, etc.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 19, 2016 1:15 AM GMT
    The 2016 summer Olympics is basically just another costly, silver bullet redevelopment project that was supposed to help revitalize and stabilize Rio De Janeiro. Instead it will end up like the numerous urban renewal projects in the older northern US cities, a disastrous failure.
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    Aug 20, 2016 3:31 PM GMT
    It's counterproductive and creates more crime. It does nothing positive for the city other than temporarily attract more tourists than usual. Since when has money been "well spent" when it comes to televised sporting events? Athletes make ridiculous amounts of money for what? They're often portrayed as "inspirational" and blah blah blah, next thing you know you have poor people camping outside of footlocker for your overpriced pair of basketball shoes.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 21, 2016 4:16 PM GMT
    BP201 saidIt's counterproductive and creates more crime. It does nothing positive for the city other than temporarily attract more tourists than usual. Since when has money been "well spent" when it comes to televised sporting events? Athletes make ridiculous amounts of money for what? They're often portrayed as "inspirational" and blah blah blah, next thing you know you have poor people camping outside of footlocker for your overpriced pair of basketball shoes.
    You could use that same valid argument for the NFL probably the largest corporate welfare recipient in the USA who expects the taxpayers to foot the bill for the design and construction of their elaborate, state of the art play pens known as football stadiums.