[public-health] SPORTS: OLYMPICS: RIO 2016 : MEDICAL: DISESASES : WATER POLLUTION : DANGERS : HEALTH: Rio Olympics 2016: Forget the Hellish Vision of Disease, Dysfunction and Drug Cheats, Theses Games Will be a Triumph

 

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SPORTS: OLYMPICS: RIO 2016 :

MEDICAL: DISESASES :

WATER POLLUTION :

DANGERS :

HEALTH:

Rio Olympics 2016: Forget the Hellish Vision of Disease,
Dysfunction and Drug Cheats, Theses Games Will be a Triumph

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Rio Olympics 2016: Forget the Hellish Vision of Disease,
Dysfunction and Drug Cheats, Theses Games Will be a Triumph

How the election looks to backers of the Republican nominee

Aaron Josefczyk

Reuters

DAVID FRUM

July 29, 2016

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/07/30/
rio-olympics-2016-forget-the-hellish-vision-of-disease-dysfuncti/

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/hdl8fva

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It seems half a lifetime ago, when Zika was nothing more than a hotly-contested Scrabble suggestion, that Rio de Janeiro won the 2016 Olympics on a call to live your passion. Theirs had been a bid full of brio, vibrancy and caipirinha-fuelled verve, their victory toasted by huge plumes of silver glitter that rose high into the Copacabana evening.

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Jacques Rogge, then president of the International Olympic Committee, acclaimed Rios campaign as one with absolutely no flaw. Even a newly-inaugurated President Obama, still full of his audacity of hope, could not seize the day for his hometown Chicago in the face of a Brazilian juggernaut, graciously bowing to the prevailing will to stage the first Games in South America. It was a moment of affirmation not just for a country, but a continent.

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Seven years on, one could be forgiven for imagining that this was all just a sick joke. The slickness with which Rio projected itself to the world, in videos framed by Christ the Redeemer and the soft plucks of flamenco guitar, has since unspooled into a hellish vision of disease, dysfunction and drug cheats galore.

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This, at least, is the perception beloved of Jeremiahs who specialise in such quadrennial angst. Every four years, the story is the same, as an Olympic host city emerges somehow unscathed from hand-wringing predictions that nobody will come, nothing will be finished on time or, in Rios case, that clouds of mosquitoes will descend from Sugarloaf Mountain like the third plague of Egypt.

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Somewhere, in the midst of all this exaggerated horror, there is a wonderful spectacle straining to be unleashed. Sandwiched between all the doom-mongering and the subsequent agitating about legacy are the finest 17 days of sport the world can conjure. Soon enough, all the tales of crime-ridden back streets and malfunctioning showers in the athletes village will be superseded by Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and a cast of thousands striving to make Rio remembered for happier reasons.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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