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Besmirched in controversies: Rio Olympic marred by worst mismanagement

The athletes have begun to arrive in Rio de Janiero for the Summer Olympic Games, and so far, first impressions have left a lot to be desired. The Olympic Village has been declared “uninhabitable” by some, a private security firm has been sacked due to incompetence, and some competition venues are filled with shit while others are simply collapsing. The Australian team has had it the worst. Last week, the team refused to stay in the Village when, upon arrival, the athletes were faced with “blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean,” said Australian Olympic Committee Chef De Mission Kitty Chiller, in addition to “large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring” in operations areas.The team stayed in nearby hotels until the accommodations were complete, and moved in last Wednesday. The honeymoon phase didn’t last long, though. On Friday, a small fire in their building led to an evacuation, and while the team was gone from their rooms a laptop and team shirts were stolen. The organisers have been caught up in a race against time with there being complaints about poor facilities for the athletes staying at the Olympics village. In addition, the threat of the outbreak of the Zika virus has also cast a shadow on the Games besides worries over contamination of water for the various aquatic sports. Most worryingly, just prior to the start of the Games, a mega scandal surrounding Russian athletes had surfaced, exposing the widespread use of illegal performance-enhancing substances by them. Rio though still remains confident of pulling off a spectacular show and overcoming the various adversities it has been facing. In Pakistan, unfortunately, the Games aren’t expected to draw much interest as the country is sending its smallest-ever contingent to the mega event, with only seven athletes representing the country at the mega event. For the sixth-most populous country in the world with a rich sporting history, this is abysmal. Since the 2012 London Olympics, the two main sporting bodies in the country, the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and the Pakistan Olympics Association (POA) have remained on the warpath. Their struggle for power has hurt athletes and smaller federations. The failure of the hockey team to secure a berth at the Games for the first time accentuates the sorry tale of affairs. While the PSB and POA officials have grappled for power, they are all ready to board the flight to Rio, with officials outnumbering the athletes representing the country. It will be a sorry sight indeed to see just seven athletes and 15 officials representing a nation of 200 million at the world’s biggest sporting 

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