I am Brazilian and I've read so many things about the Olympics, most of the time bad things, and I think that my country has many problems like every country in the world, but we can be able to look the good things too!
So many great athletes who show us how to overcome our obstacles and have courage, our people doing their best to change the image of our country. We have to hope and act to achieve a better future for everyone.
Be comfortable to correct me if you want! ;)
The main sport I watch is Track and Field.
I usually try not to think about the politics behind sports, but it is hard to avoid.
Of course Brazil has problems, but so does every other host nation of sporting events. Though the problems are more noticeable in Brazil. I think its similar to the concerns in South Africa during the 2010 world cup. In these cases its hard to tell if the problems are actually as bad as they are from media reports alone. You just have to be there yourself.
As for the actual events, I was very pleased. All the track events I watched were amazing. Of course Usain Bolt's triple triple, a new 400m world record, and David Rudisha retained his 800m title. The only political thing I couldn't ignore was the ban on Russian athletes I really wanted to see them compete. They would have been good at the 400m hurdles and pole vault.
The only thing I'd be willing to complain about, as someone from Europe, is the time zone difference that made practically impossible to watch the finals live! But there's no blaming Brazil for that ;-)
As for other issues such as the famous green pool and the not-so-clean waters of the bay, there's always the sensationalism and the envy that national (chiefly patronising Anglo-Saxon) media has accustomed us to...of course there are bigger problems in Brazil, but think of what they had been writing for months: Zika, terrorist attacks, unfinished venues and so on. Eventually things worked out just fine, and what a great show the Olympics have given us: Phelps' comeback, Bolt's 3x3, Simone Biles, Katie Ledecki and Brazil winning the gold medal against Germany at the penalty shootouts, and so on! What did the Guardian write? Right, no Olympiads outside the "developed world"...Are the Olympics a wise investment? Not really, I think that it's mainly a matter of boosting a country's morale and it looks like Brazil did accomplish that.
My only concern is whether this will eventually make for a more liveable and better-equipped Rio for those who live there, because history may teach otherwise...
So cheer up, the Olympics were a success!
I am Brazilian and I've read so many things about the Olympics, most of the time bad things, and I think that my country has many problems like every other country in the world, but we should look at the good things too!
So many great athletes showing us how to overcome our obstacles and have courage, our people doing their best to change the image of our country. We have to hope and act to achieve a better future for everyone.
I've made a few corrections! :) Well, I also believe this event has brought good things to the country. Not only has it improved some infrastructures, but also the vibe in the country. Perhaps, now that it's over, people will go back to what it was like before, but it was certainly a break from all the pessimistic thoughts that were and ARE in the air! Like you said, let's hope for the best, change ourselves to become better and most importantly help each other! :)
Beside all the flaws and weaknesses in helding Olympic games, Brasil and its people are doing good job! But I am not satisfied about referees in several sports especially weightlifting. Of course it is not Brazilians fault!! So thank you for your great hosting :)