Mix equal parts sunny Rio de Janeiro, a continually mutating sexually transmitted virus, and the Bacchanalia that is the Olympic Village. What could possibly go wrong or make things even worse?
As reported on June 29, 2016 by both the Associated Press (AP) via Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Sporting News, plenty. Putting aside the very real possibility that the Zika virus will be running through the Olympic Village faster than Ussain Bolt, athletes may also have to dodge Brazilian gangsters with a penchant for chopping human beings into very small chunks.
With Rio de Janeiro the host city for this August’s 2016 Summer Olympics, things just went from cautious to creepy. According to sources, a human foot and “other” body parts have washed ashore at Rio’s famed Copacabana Beach. Cranking up the disturbing factor, the human remains were found mere feet from the venue for the Beach Volleyball competition.
While a number of Olympic athletes have publicly made quite clear they’ll take a pass on the Games of the XXXI Olympiad due to the threat posed by Zika, the recent uptick in Rio’s famed lawlessness surely has Olympic organizers more than just slightly concerned. As noted by the AP, the Brazilian press has noted that at least 10 people have been killed and approximately 50 schools have been closed in the last week and a half due to gun battles between police and the city’s numerous drug gangs.
On June 19, one of Brazil’s drug kingpins, Nicolas Labre Pereira, nicknamed “Fat Family,” escaped police custody while being treated in one of the nation’s premier hospitals. In what looks like it came straight out of a Hollywood script, Fat Family was sprung when a group of armed assailants attacked the hospital. During the course of the assault, one patient was killed, while a nurse and an off-duty police officer were injured.
As The Sporting News quoted an unnamed Brazilian official, “the country has ‘total confidence’ it can ensure security for more than half a million tourists and athletes attending the Games.” Possibly bolstering the confidence of all concerned, the Brazilians have deployed an additional 27 military police battalions to Rio de Janeiro.
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