Rio’s Olympics 1 year later: The good, a bad and a ugly

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neymar kissed a ball, delivered a bullion award and afterwards wept with other Brazilians.

Look no serve if you’re acid for an iconic picture of a Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“It’s a usually award that unequivocally mattered,” Salvador Gaeta pronounced recently while cycling in a forlorn Olympic Park. “Every Brazilian will remember it.”

Other memories have faded during home given a Olympics non-stop a year ago. A few expectations were met, though many fell brief of those betrothed by IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing cabinet conduct Carlos Nuzman.

Bach boasted during a shutting rite of “a Rio de Janeiro before, and a many softened Rio de Janeiro after a Olympic Games.”

Nuzman called Rio a subsequent Barcelona, one of a cities clearly remade by a games.

Save for teenager cosmetic changes, a city fractured by plateau and withering inequality stays as it was. Violent crime mostly secluded during a Olympics is soaring, tied to Brazil’s deepest mercantile downturn in 100 years and delinquent policemen withdrawal in droves. Brazil’s troops has been called in to relieve Rio’s untethered violence.

Rio hardly managed to keep it together for a Olympics, indispensable a supervision bailout to reason a Paralympics and afterwards collapsed underneath a harsh retrogression and sprawling crime scandals.

The games took place mostly in a south and west of a city, that stays white and wealthy. The rest is still a mixture of decayed factories and bank slums of cinderblocks, tin roofs and open troughs of tender sewage.

Brazil says it spent $13 billion in open and private income to classify a Olympics — some estimates advise $20 billion — and many games-related projects given afterwards have been tied to crime scandals that injured a games and gathering adult costs. Federal military and prosecutors have related overpriced projects to swindle between politicians and construction companies.

A demeanour during a fallout given a Olympics non-stop on Aug. 5:



The Olympics left behind a new transport line extension, high-speed train use and an civic jewel: a renovated pier area filled with food stands, musicians and protected travel life in a city abundant with crime.

These substantially would not have been built though a status of a Olympics. But a games also imposed deadlines and gathering adult a price. A state auditor’s news pronounced a 9.7 billion genuine ($3 billion) transport was overbilled by 25 percent.

Igor Silverio lives circuitously a pier in a favela — or shanytown — and came a other day to flog around a soccer round with his dual immature boys. The area in his girl was famous for spoil and drunkenness.

“For certain it’s better,” he said. But, he added, he “expected some-more from a Olympics.”

“From my indicate of view, a Olympics usually benefited a foreigners. Local people themselves didn’t get much. The confidence conditions isn’t good, a hospitals. we consider these are investments that didn’t advantage many internal people.”

He pronounced he skipped a Olympics since they were “too expensive” and located distant divided in a suburbs.

Standing outward a new transport line, 57-year-old domestic workman Isa Trajano Fernandes pronounced open travel had softened though was still deficient.

“When a Olympics were going on it was better, though afterwards they let it slide,” she said.

She complained about crowding on a new demonstrate buses and a miss of security.

“People have no grace regulating open travel in Rio de Janeiro,” she said.



The Olympics left a half-dozen dull sports arenas in a Olympic Park and 3,600 dull apartments in a boarded-up Olympic Village. Deodoro, a vital formidable of venues in a broke north, is shuttered behind iron gates.

Standing opposite a street, Jose Mauricio Pehna de Souza was asked if Rio benefited from a Olympics.

“I don’t consider so, not us in Brazil,” he said.

A $20 million golf march is struggling to find players and financing.

A few dozen were on a march on a recent, balmy Saturday. The gymnasium is mostly unfurnished, and it costs non-Brazilians 560 reals ($180) for 18 holes and a cart.

Organizers and a International Olympic Committee contend Rio needs time to rise these venues, and faults Brazil’s low retrogression for many of a problems.

A prosecutor several months ago doubtful this, observant a Olympic Park “lacked formulation how to use white elephant” sports venues. Many were built as partial of genuine estate deals that have nonetheless to vessel out.

Juliana Solaira, a 30-year-old pharmacist who lives opposite from a park, called a space “an glorious legacy” though pronounced “few people use it.”

“Here we see all this income spent,” she said. “Unfortunately, we see many of a arenas are closed. So we consider it could have been used in a softened way.”

The park offers few amenities: no restaurants, no shade and zero many to do solely look during forlorn arenas. City gymnasium officials and a sovereign supervision contend they’re formulation an eventuality for Aug. 5 to “fill all a arenas” for a day.



Rio organizers betrothed to purify adult soiled Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During a Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs and passed animals from crashing into boats during a sailing events.

Since a Olympics, a broke state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased vital efforts to purify a bay, a unwelcome stink mostly flapping along a highway from a general airport.

“I consider it’s gotten worse,” Brazil’s gold-medal soldier Kahena Kunze pronounced in a new interview. “There was always floating trash, though we see some-more and more. It’s no use stealing a rabble since it comes back. we figured it would get worse since we haven’t seen anything petrify being done.”

Avenida Brasil, a categorical north-south artery by a city, is a snarl of unprepared roads and demonstrate train lanes, viaducts to nowhere and detours by miles (kilometers) of trade cones.

Some of a politicians behind a Olympics have been indicted of graft, and organizers still owe creditors about $30 million to 40 million.

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who wept when Rio was awarded a games, was convicted final month on crime charges and faces a 9 1/2-year jail term. He is appealing.

Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes , a internal relocating force behind a Olympics, is being investigated for allegedly usurpation during slightest 15 million reals ($5 million) in payments to promote construction projects tied to a games. He denies wrongdoing.

Another early booster, former Rio state administrator Sergio Cabral, is in jail on crime charges.

Carlos Nuzman, boss of a organizing committee, was degraded progressing this year in an choosing to lead a Pan American Sports Organization. He ran on his record heading a Rio Olympics and finished third in a three-man race.


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