Welcome to Wednesday's edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS. My name is Carl Azuz.We're grateful to have you watching.
First up, every city that's hosted the Olympic Games in recent years has faced considerable challenges.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is no exception.The cost of hosting the games, which is in the billions, keeping residents and visitors safe, just making sure they can all get around from place to place, and building many of the venues where athletes will compete.These are common obstacles.But there are a number of unique challenges to Rio and Brazil as a whole that officials worldwide are concerned about.Olympic organizers and city officials say these games which are the first ever to be held in South America will be a big success.So, why do some critics have doubts?
This has been a particularly rough run-up to the Olympic Games, which was scheduled to start here in Rio in just over two months, a whole set of challenges facing not only Rio, the host city, but Brazil as a whole.
It's hard not to be seduced by Rio de Janeiro.This spectacular city soon to be the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics.Two months before the start of the games, construction crews are putting in the final touches at the Olympic venues.Everything's going to be ready on time.We're going to deliver the park fully commissioned the 24th of July.But despite Rio's beauty, the city and Brazil as a whole are facing some pretty daunting challenges.A whole series of unexpected setbacks leading some to wonder, are Rio's Olympics somehow cursed?Just days ago, a warning from more than 100 international doctors, calling for the games to be postponed or moved, because the mosquito-born Zika virus could threaten an expected half a million foreign visitors.That view rejected by the World Health Organization, which does advise pregnant women to avoid the Olympics entirely, because of the risk of severe deformities to unborn children.
And then there's the political and economic crisis.Turmoil after Congress suspended Brazil's elected president in an impeachment process last month, and high-level corruption scandals, during the worst economic recession in generations, which has left more than 10 million Brazilians unemployed.The economic hardship aggravating Rio's endemic problems with violent crime.Daily gun battles between police and drug gangs in the city's impoverished favelas, as well as a surge in robberies.This month, members of the Spanish Olympic sailing team mugged at gunpoint.
We just turn around to see what was happening and we saw the pistols, like this.
Olympic sailors also worried about Rio's notoriously polluted bay, a dumping ground for much of the city's raw sewage.
We don't want to swim in it.
Rio's mayor warns this isn't a first world city.
Don't come here expecting that everything will be, you know, perfect.We live in a country that has an economic crisis, a country with lots of inequality.With all the problems we have seen concerning corruption, briberies.But the city will be much better than it was when we got the games.