Rio De Janeiro’s Olympic Nightmare

With the 2016 Summer Olympics well underway in scenic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the world has experienced less than golden living conditions of athletes, coaches and travelers alike.

Since the announcement was made in October 2009 for Brazil to be the first country in South America to host the Olympics, critics have articulated many concerns ranging from local homelessness to questionable health codes.

Through the use of social media platforms, Olympic athletes are giving their followers an inside look into what life is like in Rio. Here are a few examples that make your decision not to attend the summer Olympics look like a wise choice:

Thieves and Pickpockets are lurking in every corner:


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Rio di Jeneiro – A Pokemon No-Go:

Since its release in July 2016, the GPS-centered Pokémon Go app has dominated the 2016 summer as one of the most age inclusive social games. Unfortunately, anyone looking to catch a Magikarp in Rio will have to settle for a sight of Micheal Phelps as the in-phone app has yet to be released in Brazil.

Athletes of all sports have made countless disgruntled posts of missing out on walking around Rio in hopes of finding Pokémon. Olympic kayaker Joe Clarke posted this in July:

Abby L. Johnston, U.S. Olympic team diver had this to say about the summer Olympics with no Pokémon Go:

Chasing Water FAILS:

The water situation in Rio is beyond saving. Reports have been made of animal carcasses and debris of all sorts floating around where Olympic events will be held. Those traveling to Rio are being warned to stay away from bodies of water that may contain heavy amounts of human sewage and bacteria. And then there is this:

An NPR journalist faced this issue in his hotel room, which has since gone viral. Reporter Jeff McTainsh of New Zealand had nothing but a hole in the wall which spouted water as a shower:

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Reporters from all over the world have taken to Twitter to detail such living conditions. While not much can be done to help these reporters and athletes, others have taken ownership of troubling times to keep their head above the water.

The solution?

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The U.S. men’s and women’s Olympic basketball team will be staying on a rented cruise liner, the Silver Cloud, while attending the Olympics this summer. This is to avoid the filthy living conditions of the Olympic village. The athletes will instead remain docked in Plaza Maua. The Silver Cloud can host 296 guest and boasts fine dining restaurants, a spa, and a cigar room. “It’s no different than us staying in the hotel,” said Olympian Carmelo Anthony. “It’s not like we’re cruising around. We’re docked. We have the same amenities as if we were staying in the hotel.”

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The U.S. men’s basketball team continue their winning streak on and off the court. Was this because of the team staying on the cruise liner? Will other teams soon be clambering to get out onto the polluted waters to avoid the conditions? Currently, there have been countless reports of drug-resistant bacteria, sofas, refrigerators, and even condoms floating in the water. But with the conditions on land, what would be the worse of the two evils.