Latest Cut-back For Rio 2016: No TVs In Athletes Village

The absence of televisions in the athletes’ village, as well as a reduction of grandstand seats at the Olympic rowing venue top the latest laundry list of cut-backs Rio organizers are forced to take to contain the 2016 Olympic Games budget.

We reported back in September how the competitive swimming venue saw its seating capacity reduced and now the rowing venue is slated to have 4,000 temporary grandstand seats eliminated from plans.

Of the news, U.S. Rowing Executive Director Matt Smith commented “I’ve been around since Los Angeles in 1984 and we haven’t been in such a situation where a country that is staging the games is in such a vulnerable situation.”

Previous steps taken to reduce the overall budget include slashing the number of volunteers from 70,000 to 60,000. Additionally, Rio organizers informed the public not to expect as grandiose a show as has been seen in recent Olympics in terms of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as those of the  2016 Games will most likely be ten times smaller than the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

Last month, Rio 2016 went so far as to initially cut the air conditioning within the athletes’ village, causing public outcry in response to the controversial decision.  Just days later the decision was rescinded, returning the comfort to the approximate 10,500 athletes.

But, another ‘luxury’ made its way onto the chopping block in its place, as the village will be without televisions in athletes’ rooms.

Says Olympic Games Executive Director Christopher Dubi, “We are looking into each and every budget item. I think this is setting a new benchmark. The result is heading in the right direction. They (organizers) have found efficiencies, and I wouldn’t call it cuts.”

“No one is saying that the Olympic experience will be affected. On the contrary, Rio will be magic,” Dubi said.

Acknowledging the current economic climate of the Brazilian currency and inflation, as well as well as a corruption scandal involving the state-run oil company Petrobas leading to Brazilian President impeachment proceedings, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes stressed the necessity of cost-cutting.

“Come on, we are not China, we are not England,” he said this week. “We are not a rich country. So, every time I can cut some of the budget for Olympics — we will do it. This is not going to be the Olympics of wasting money.”

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An impending announcement, according to credible sources, is that the next major cutback will be related to the fact that there are simply not enough rooms for all of the athletes to stay in the athlete’s village, and hotels and other alternative housing will be overflowing as well. The solution: The night before opening ceremonies, 500 athletes will be chosen by lottery to participate in a “culling” whereby the chosen athletes will fight to the death in the favelas overlooking Rio. The last 50 remaining will win back their dorm rooms.

Welcome to #TheHungerGames2016: The Favela Games. Enjoy!

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“Come on, we are not China, we are not England,” he said this week. “We are not a rich country. So, every time I can cut some of the budget for Olympics — we will do it. This is not going to be the Olympics of wasting money.”

True, they are a developing Country. They have great athletes. They have hosted smaller competitions like the PAM games and currently have an economic recession. I think folks like to pick on Brazil. Maybe, they should not have applied for the Olympics in the first place.


No one cares about TVs but everyone cares about wifi speed!! So how fast will it be? Dial up modems are gonna make a come back.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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