The 2016 Summer Olympics are less than five weeks away, hardly enough time for Rio de Janeiro to clean up what has become an ugly, sordid mess. Just about everything that can go wrong has gone wrong, and it could get worse before Opening Ceremonies Aug. 5.
Rio has had so many problems that even the state’s acting governor told a Brazilian newspaper that the Summer Games could be headed for failure. The city was awaiting a government bailout after running out of money for security, police, transportation and other necessities in a region known for high crime.
Police protested last week over unpaid salaries and pleaded with the public to provide basic items such as pens and toilet paper, according to the Associated Press, while Brazil has been trying to overcome its worst recession in about 80 years. Visitors are being warned that the region is unsafe.
The Zika virus prompted golfers Rory McIlroy and Jason Day to stay home, with others certain to follow. A doping scandal will keep Russia’s track team home. Polluted waters have rowers and sailors worried. Brazil should change its national flag to a “WARNING” sign.