The 2016 Summer Olympics wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro last week, and it was certainly a Games to remember. From Usain Bolt cementing his position as the greatest runner in modern history to Michael Phelps adding to his trove of gold metals to Simone Biles breaking barriers in women’s gymnastics, the Games provided spectacular performances from the world’s top athletes. This year’s Olympics were not without some controversy, however. As Brazil continues to endure the effects of a major recession coupled with recent political turmoil, there were concerns about Rio’s preparedness to take on such a tremendous endeavor and to bear the financial burden that comes with hosting the Olympics.
Now that the Games have ended, though, many experts agree that the Olympics has been a boon for the city of Rio. The Games helped garner the political will and financing to enable major infrastructure projects that will improve the city and the lives of its residents for years to come. This includes major improvements to Rio’s public transit systems, such as new bus lanes, new tunnels, and the opening of a new light rail system. Many substantial municipal projects were expedited as a result of the Games as well, including the construction of hundreds of schools and health clinics. Experts believe that, without the influence of the Games, many of these important projects could have languished on the city’s backburner for decades.
The epic closing ceremony to the 2016 Olympics showcased the beauty and diverse culture of Brazil and the city of Rio. While the Olympic Games have come to an end, the resources and attention poured into city in support of the Games will have a lasting legacy. The spotlight cast on Rio will surely inspire increased tourism in coming years as well. Blue Parallel is proud to continue to provide our clients with insider access to the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro and the chance to experience the splendor of this exciting destination first hand.