The 2016 Summer Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro, being the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America, are a major significant accomplishment for Brazil. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad are recognized for being the most viewed across the globe, with high levels of international engagement, unforgettable moments and the Olympic values of “friendship, respect, diversity, unity” on full display. Rio 2016’s legacy of success showcases Brazil’s national unity and pride.
However, Rio 2016 has its reputation stained: a major financial and public crisis just days before the games and continuing long after their conclusion, described as Rio’s total collapse in public security, education, health, and environmental management. The country is further rocked through major political turmoil, with former Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer both falling to accusations of corruption and political scandals. In such chaotic times, the aftermath of the Olympic Games has created massive questions regarding the future of all Olympic project infrastructures.
Will the Senado Federal be able to provide the stability that Rio needs at this time? Or will they fall to their own scandals and accusations of corruption? The people demand action — it’s up to you to deliver.
MEET YOUR STAFF
SAMIRA SARAN, Chair
CGS ’21 Political Science / Minor: International Relations
Soumya Nimmu, Vice Chair
CAS / QST ’22 Political Science / International Business