Rio security, healthcare or education collapsing, but Olympic Games must go on

While Rio should be getting ready for the largest and most important sports event in Rio and Brazil, while tourists from across the globe are booking their trip to visit Rio de Janeiro for the upcoming Olympic games, this city is on the brink of collapse.

The message today was: “The games must go on, even if it means total collapse of anything from security, to healthcare to environment.”


Rio de Janeiro state authorities declared a “state of public calamity” on Friday, less than 50 days before the start of the Olympic Games, amid a massive funding gap. The move is meant to trigger the release of additional federal funds.

The decree blamed the “serious economic crisis” on the oil price shock. It stressed that the government could fail to honor its commitments to host the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are scheduled to take place August 5-21 and September 7-18, respectively.

The crisis could cause a “total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility and environmental management,” the state government said.

Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles signed the decree, which authorizes the government to “adopt all necessary emergency measures to ration essential public services in order for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to take place.”