Four potential problems facing the 2016 Olympic Games

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The Olympics should be a time to celebrate. It's a coming together of all different countries and cultures for a showcase that will live long in the memories of its participants and its audience.

What makes the Olympics so special? The fact it only comes around once every four years. The fact it gives other sportspeople a time to shine and take centre stage. The fact it gives smaller sports a chance to dominate the headlines and the papers.

This year is no different. Rio 2016 promises to be yet another exciting Olympics, but there are also some alarming dangers heading into Brazil.


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Despite hosting the football World Cup just two years ago, there are worries going into the Olympics and dangers that face the country and everyone involved with the event.

Here are just a few potential problems facing the 2016 Olympics.

Violence and Safety Issues

Now first off let's state the fact that this isn't just a problem in Brazil. It's obvious violence issues can be a problem anywhere, but there is certainly a running concern amongst athletes and spectators about their safety and well-being.

According to reports, a human foot and other body parts washed up on a beach where beach volleyball is set to be staged. Not only that, three athletes from Spain were recently robbed at gunpoint whilst walking to get breakfast.

However, that's not all. Members of the Australian Paralympic team were also robbed at gunpoint, raising more alert to the safety issues in Brazil.

Financial Emergency

This one is more a problem for Brazil as a country, rather than the Olympians and spectators going out to watch the event.

With the Olympics upon us, it came as a surprise when Rio de Janeiro's governor declared a state of financial emergency. Given the state of their finances, hosting an Olympics is probably not going to help that situation, especially with the running costs of it all.

The Rio government is looking to avoid a "total collapse in public security, health, education, transportation, and environment management" by borrowing money without approval from legislators.

Worrying for everyone in Brazil.

Zika Virus

You will have probably heard a lot about this due to several top-class golfers pulling out of the competition because of it.

The Zika virus is a big problem in Brazil, and it will continue to pose problems for the people in attendance. In fact, some health experts initially wanted the Olympics to be postponed due to the outbreak, but the World Health Organisation and Olympic officials are confident it won't effect the thousands in attendance or the competitors taking part.

However, that hasn't stopped some of the well-known Olympians from withdrawing themselves altogether.

Police Protests

Anywhere you go, you want to feel protected, and that's normally the job of a policeman, but in Brazil, just days away from the Olympics, they are protesting.

Officers in the country feel they are not being paid well enough and are now refusing to look after tourists who will be entering the country for the Olympic Games.

With the thousands and thousands of people expected to travel to Brazil, this poses a real problem for the host nation and could be a problem for all involved.

It's no surprise that a message 'Welcome to Hell' was displayed by police officials at the Rio airport.

What is the biggest problem facing the 2016 Olympics? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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