Political unrest, the Zika virus, pollution, infrastructure delays and worries over crime. There’s been no shortage of things to be concerned about leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, kicking off this week.
On Aug. 2, the day before the first games begin, Jim Bell attempted to allay those concerns.
“Strictly speaking from the Olympics coverage standpoint, the venues are done, [and] the one potential issue that may come up is the promise about cleaning [Guanabara Bay] that wasn’t kept, and how it might impact the sailing competition,” NBC’s executive producer of the Games said during a media call. “They’ve done multiple test events there, and they have had success with a temporary solution they can administer during events.
“Beyond that, it’s the same [with] the past Olympics: there are always concerns, justifiable or otherwise … . In Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, London, Sochi, there were different things we had to be aware of.… We feel reasonably confident about things here.”