Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rio Is Not in Shape the Summer Olympics in Brazil Look Shaky

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rio Is Not in Shape the Summer Olympics in Brazil Look Shaky

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The Olympic Games are supposed to be the pinnacle of an amateur athlete's career. This year's games, which begin Aug. 5, may prove to be more of a survival test. Never in recent history has a host city appeared more unprepared than Rio de Janeiro.

The seaside resort city in Brazil was awarded the Summer Games in 2009 and problems have followed ever since, with the most recent being the discovery of drug-resistant bacteria growing in the water near where the sailing events will take place. The scientist who reported the find, Renata Picao, said she would not recommend moving the sailing competition, but "I don't take my children to these beaches."

Gang warfare wracks the city. Amnesty International said Brazil has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, with nearly 42,000 killed by guns alone last year. …

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