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No Olympics in modern times has begun to a more negative backdrop than the Rio Games.
Consider the range of issues the city has had to face, and still is facing - the Zika virus; graft in the handling of infrastructure projects; a president hurtling towards impeachment over manipulated government accounts; police threatening strike action; the rise in both violent and petty crime; transport snafus, water pollution, which is no better, judging by recent evidence, than it was a year ago; the athletes' village missing useful items such as shower curtains, mattresses, light fittings, wiring and taps. So some way short of spick and span.
Then there's the Russian drug scandal. The last item is not of the Rio organisers' making but really not what they needed on the eve of the Games where they're already battling significant image issues.