Rio De Janeiro Too Broke To Host 2016 Olympics – The state of Rio de Janeiro has declared financial disaster over monetary shortages ahead of the 2016 summer Olympics.
Corruption and plummeting oil prices have put the country into a recession, and the state’s acting governor Francisco Dornelles made the declaration so as to enable the take any necessary measures to meet up for the games.
“The financial crisis has brought several difficulties in essential public services and it could cause the total collapse of public security, health care, education, urban mobility and environmental management,” a statement from Dornelles’ office said.
The state’s finances are in such a poor state that they reportedly cannot provide simple materials like toilet paper at their police stations, and Dornelles is said to be requesting $900 million in emergency funds from the federal government.
The state’s economic problems is not the only issue affecting the games, with the uncertainty around the Zika virus causing disturbances among both athletes and fans.