Will anyone attend this summer’s Olympic Games in troubled Brazil?

What would happen if the world held the Olympics and nobody came? We just may find out this summer in Rio. Between the Zika Virus, water pollution, government corruption, crime and poverty, things seem to be falling apart. Adding to the woes, the word “boycott” has been uttered from athletes’ lips and, as they say in the business, plenty of good tickets are still available.

Whatever the ancient Greeks’ original intent for the Olympic games, they have morphed in modern times into a liberal kind of sporting event. It is sports with a higher purpose, a veritable multicultural love-in where every country is created equal, and the world can come together and find peace and harmony running the 4 X 100 against each other. Think of it as the midnight basketball Democrats are so fond of. Except here, instead of trying to keep inner city troubled youth from committing crimes by having them play basketball all night, our peace movement engineers see the Olympics as a way to keep rogue nations from committing genocide by having them preoccupied with the decathlon every four years.

But one by one as Brazil’s problems stacked up, the real sporting fun was watching reactions from the Western world’s leftists who’ve come off as snobs and elitists with each and every bit of bad news.

  • Canadian

    I don`t know why anyone would go to any Olympics, anywhere.

    • This is true.

      • Blind Druid

        I agree – but I always watch the T.V. coverage. Rooting for Canada. I can’t be a hypocrite about that.

        • David Murrell

          I like watching the team sports, like hockey and basketball.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Agree. Total waste of time and money.

      • Millie_Woods

        There’s nothing like doping accusations, males posing as female athletes, Muslims refusing to compete with Israelis and heavy security to foster goodwill and brotherhood among nations.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Exactly what I think of whenever the word “Olympics” is mentioned.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    This year’s Brazilian Olympics are made more sightly and tourist-friendly by the use of extrajudicial “death squads” that kill street children with the same attitude you would have dispatching rats in the sewer.
    Yet, oddly, nobody cares about that.

    • It’s the South American way.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        It really is, yet we expect their poorest and least educated to immediately shed those attitudes one they cross the Rio Grande.
        Odd that!

    • Exile1981

      Beside the death squads you have the zika virus, reports of terror attacks, high theft levels, intermittent water and power even in the nicest hotels.

      Oh almost forgot to mention their history of poor building construction leading to collapses…. and all the new olympic venues and hotels were done quickly and cheaply.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Take the corruption of FIFA and multiply it a thousand fold, throw in a ton of politics and media hype, and you have the modern Olympics.

    • Maurice Miner

      Blame it on Rio!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Remember the Girl from Ipanema? Well, her boobs droop and her ass sags today, so scratch that one off….

  • Me Here

    Just like the UN EU and NATO the olympics have become Irrelevant.

    • Millie_Woods

      If it wasn’t for the UN a lot of third world troops would never get a taste of foreign nookie.

  • UCSPanther

    From Quebec’s Big Owe to the Greek Olympics of 2004 and everything in between, it seems the Olympics have picked up a rather nasty curse, of where scandals, corruption and issues dog the games no matter where they go…

  • David Murrell

    An anecote on the 1976 Olympics in Montrel. I was working as a junior economist at the Conference Board in Ottawa, and my boss there, a senior Liberal, got free tickets to some swimming finals. But when he got back, discouraged, he said that his seats were 70 yards behind the end of the pool, and all he could see was “a bunch of splahing” at the other end of the venue.

    My former boss, Nathan Laurie, left to work in Pierre Trudeau’s PMO. When Mulroney got in, Laurie got a patronsge job at the Toronto Star, as the paper’s economics editor.

  • marty_p

    If nobody shows, Saudi Arabia and Iran have a chance to have their hijab clad “non athlete” women actually win medals.

  • canminuteman

    I can’t dispute most of what is being said here, but 14 year old fencer in my fencing club just won the provincial under 16 championship. Next season he will be going for a shop on the national team. He has a good chance of making it. He is a future Canadian Olympic team member.

  • simus1

    The Olympics are a thin layer of compulsive athletes fronting for a cabal of well connected to governments scam artists and heavy duty rent seekers. But no worries, just leave the bill with the sucker taxpayers as usual.