A broken Rio with no accountability

The IOC and the Brazilian authorities face criticisms for their lack of follow-through on promises made to the city of Rio. 

What's often called 'the post-Olympic hangover' is still very fresh in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Canadian IOC member, Richard W Pound says: “We’ve always had a problem that Olympic hosts are either good planners or bad planners.” 

He says that in an ‘organised country’ when there is good planning in a big city “there’s some disruption, but there is disruption every time there’s a new apartment building or a new road. It shouldn’t be a huge demand on the community.”

During the preparation for hosting the last summer Olympics, more than 22,000 families were removed from their homes in Rio de Janeiro, according to an official report published by Terre des hommes in 2016.

Some of this ‘disruption’ was also a result of the Brazil hosting the 2014 world cup.

Fabianna Schneider (Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game)

Federal Prosecutor, Fabianna Schneider, addressed the Play the Game conference in Eindhoven about the investigation into the corruption at the Olympic Games.

She says: “After the event was over what we have is an environmentally degraded and a gentrified city.”

She blames both the IOC and the Brazilian government for the aggravation of social issues by the spending on infrastructure in the city.

“The city is broken.”

The games were a "time to shine"

Author and journalist, Juliana Barbassa, was the Associated Press correspondent in Rio during the run-up to the 2016 summer Olympic Games.

She recalls her time in Rio before the games and the excitement felt by the locals at a time when Brazil felt it was “their time to shine”.

Julianna Barbassa (Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game).

"Right now nobody is held accountable."

Who should have to answer?

Barbassa poses the question: “Does anybody come afterwards with a checklist and say, ok where is that public transportation that you said was going to be here? Where is this stadium that was supposed to be turned into a school afterwards?”

She thinks accountability should lay with both the nation hosts and the IOC because the IOC move the Olympic Games around the world.

“They should have to answer for what is left in it’s wake.”

"It's not an Olympic cost."

International reporting documented empty seats across stadiums throughout the Rio Olympics. Many of these stadiums now lay empty and are expensive to maintain.

Canadian IOC member, Richard Pound said that the committee try to make sure that the Olympic cities don’t think they have to build infrastructure like massive stadiums which may not have a use following the games.

He said that host cities who do want to build big should make sure the public understands why and that “it’s not an Olympic cost.”

Feature Photo: (Sander van Ginkel// Rio 2016 - Olympic Games: 7 August Beach Volleyball )

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