Concerns cloud excitement for Olympics in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO – With just four days to go until the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, the excitement and energy in the city is palpable and there is also an atmosphere of expectation.
With the athletes and media from across the globe arriving here in Rio, the city is set to the take the world stage.
Workers are still putting the finishing touches on the venues, and they are still dealing with some problems in some of the Olympic accommodations.
The International Olympic Committee says it's determined to deliver a successful Olympics.
The run-up to the games has been anything but smooth. They’ve been embroiled in controversy, from the Zika virus, to crime concerns to worries about filthy water where the Olympic sailing, rowing and open water swimming events will take place. Not to mention Brazil’s current political and economic crisis.
This week, a lot of attention is being focused on security for the scores of athletes and spectators who are in Rio from around the world. The Metro line to the Olympic Park is set to open.
There will be some preliminary football and archery contests during the week.
On Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremonies, the U.S. women’s soccer team plays New Zealand.
The men’s soccer competition gets underway on Thursday. Then of course, Friday, the moment the entire world will be watching -- the opening ceremonies at Maracana stadium.