How The Olympics Bring Hardship To Rio
The countdown to Rio continues with the opening ceremonies being less than two weeks away. Competitors from all across the globe make their final arrangements before the intense journey below the equator. As Rio prepares for the arrival of athletes, many concerns have been raised regarding the rest of the country's condition and environment. HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" takes an in-depth look at the villages and townships suffering from these games that are meant to promote peace and accomplishment.
"Real Sports" correspondent Jon Frankel got an in-depth look at the horrid conditions of the villages and local hospitals. Frankel is seen standing with locals watching as raw sewage is channeled through the streets of these areas. The open waste allows for intestinal issues, tuberculous, and skin rashes, conditions that these people are born into. Frankel also observed a few public hospitals, many of which were immensely over stocked with sick individuals. After being granted a tour of the facilities, through hidden camera footage we can see patients on cots and hospital beds packing the hallways and common areas, most of them never receiving a room.
After obtaining the bid for the games, Rio politicians and officials promised to cleanup waste, and create an better environment for their citizens. However, with the construction of new stadiums, training facilities, and other expenses for athletes, the promises made were never kept. It is in this moment where we see a celebration of sport become the devastation of a nation.
The episode airs July 26th, at 10 pm on HBO.
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