Will Rio de Janeiro be ready to host the Olympics…?

CNN’s Shasta Darlington reports

Of all the nations that have been designated the opportunity to host the Olympic Games, I am not surprised at all that Brazil, unlike any other country, is so significantly behind schedule that the Olympic Committee fears that they will need outside assistance to get ready for Olympics 2016.  But our friends ‘south of the border’ have a general attitude of ‘not to worry, it will get done.’  My concern, however, is ‘WHEN and HOW WELL’ will it get done.  Numerous delays in construction followed by the requests for significant increases in their budgets in order to complete projects is very common, so much so, that it has become the norm.

Most Brazilians if not all, are keenly aware of the fact that they are being ‘robbed blind’ but it amazes me that it was only this year, in eary 2014, that the people finally started to demonstrate their disapproval of the way the country is being run, by taking their protests to the streets.  It is obvious that funds are being grossly misused and that millions upon millions of reals (their local currency) are being pilfered.  Brazil should never fall behind on any project because their population is large enough to handle and meet the timeline of any major project.  Why this is a regular occurence with government projects and who is responsible for approving all of the budget over-runs is another story which will take us away from the immediate issue at hand.

After the World Cup this summer, Brazil has the potential to make an even greater mark on the world in 2016 but the ‘powers that be’ have much work to do.  You may not know it, but only 40% of the country of Brazil has sewage and water – i.e. about 60% of their homes do not.  So it is understandable that the people feel that they are being neglected with such vast amounts of money being spent on the World Cup and now the Olympics.

The leaders of the country need to lead by example, but it is unfortunate that the negative example that they have set has made such an impact on its people that exploitation has long become a way of life.  To undo the corruption that has been spun into the very fiber of this country, according to several business professionals that I spoke with, will, if they start now, take at least two generations to get rid of.

I want Brazil to succeed as I am sure their citizens do as well but it is going to take so much more than the voices of the people to get their leadership to ‘man up’ and lead this country to do what it has to do, to get the job done. It would be a shame for this culture rich nation ‘to lose face’ in front of the world who is hungry to visit their shores to enjoy an amazing event which could also make this third-world nation, a global player and bring it much economic prosperity.