As a an admitted sports nut I watched the 2016 Summer Olympics as I do all Olympic games with great interest. The venue chosen for the 2016 games, Rio de Janeiro, a city I did not know much about is generally recognized as one of the most beautiful cities on earth. With this in mind I expected an Olympic games and a venue that would be among the best in quite some time. While the games ended up being quite entertaining, the venue had significant challenges before, during and after the games.
Brazil is the largest country in South America in terms of population, land mass and economy. It is seen as a large democratic and stable society rich in resources with a stable economy. (Moran 2014). With this being considered the mis-management the country has seen of the Olympic investments made, what those investments cost the Brazilian people and the ruins those investments look like less than a year after the event is surprising as it is sad.
The Brazilian government lobbied hard to win the 2016 Summer Olympics for Rio and it ended up being selected by the IOC beating out Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid. During the games its President Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office amid charges she manipulated government accounts pending an impeachment trial, the water around Rio was rife with pollution, causing many athletes to fall ill and now post Olympics the venues that cost in the billions to construct lay in ruins.
The political upheaval with the impeachment of President Rousseff comes as Brazil’s once strong economy has a declining GDP. Rousseff who first won power in 2010 had seen her support among the public and in congress diminish as a result of a sharp economic decline, government paralysis and a massive bribery scandal that has implicated almost all the major political parties. (Watts, J 2016).
Today, Brazil finds itself at a crossroads. Being in the center of the worlds attention both with the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games seems to have done the nation and its people more harm than good. As the largest country in South America its role in the world economy is a critical one and its full potential will likely only be realized with a more stable government so it can get back on its path to prosperity.
Moran, Robert T., Ph.D., Abramson, Neil Remington, Ph.D., Moran, Sarah V., MA. (2014). Managing Cultural Differences (9th ed.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. p. 350, 353
Watts, J. (2016, September 01). Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff impeached by senate in crushing defeat. Retrieved March 12, 2017, from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/31/dilma-rousseff-impeached-president-brazilian-senate-michel-temer