Rio Olympics Work Was a Mess and Then Something Curious Happened

  • More than 95% of venues for the Summer Games are now complete
  • A rare bright spot in a country beset by recession and scandal

In early 2014, a senior Olympic Committee official returned from a trip to Rio de Janeiro and declared Brazil’s preparations for the Summer Games to be the worst he’d ever seen. In the two years since, a crippling recession set in, dozens of construction executives were ensnared in a nationwide corruption scandal and the president has been pushed to the brink of impeachment.

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